Thursday, June 8, 2023

Wijnaldum to leave PSG

According to Fabrizio Romano, Paris Saint-Germain and Georginio Wijnaldum have agreed to part ways this summer, with the club willing to sanction a loan for the 31-year-old midfielder. Both parties are now working on identifying potential destinations.

AS Roma are said to be strongly interested with head coach Jose Mourinho obviously familiar with Wijnaldum from their time in the Premier League, even though they’ve never actually worked together.

The 86-cap Dutch international joined PSG in 2021 after five years at Liverpool, where he was one of the main pieces of Jurgen Klopp’s revolution. In all competitions, he made a total of 237 appearances for the Merseysiders as Klopp reinvented him in a deeper role than the one he previously played at PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle.

He decided to leave Liverpool after a long contract stand-off, in which the club refused to break the established wage structure to accommodate one player, even one as important as Wijnaldum. Nonetheless, his choice to join PSG instead (he had reportedly been close to joining Barcelona) doesn’t seem to have been the right one.

Wijnaldum started just 18 Ligue 1 matches under Mauricio Pochettino last season, and it seems Christophe Galtier, newly appointed as PSG boss, isn’t counting on his services in 2022/23.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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