Georginio Wijnaldum's Move To Barcelona Is Off After European Giant Hijacks Deal For Liverpool Star
The 30-year-old Liverpool midfielder was heavily linked with Barcelona last summer as Ronald Koeman was keen to secure the services of his Dutch compatriot.
However, Wijnaldum will now leave Anfield at the end of the month as his current deal with Liverpool is set to expire.
Bayern Munich were linked with the Netherlands international, but Barcelona were the clear frontrunners to sign him on a free transfer.
According to ESPN, PSG have tabled a 'much more generous financial offer' to Wijnaldum in their bid to lure him to the French capital.
The publication added that Barcelona were aware of the 'huge' competition to sign the Dutchman and raised concerns over pushing the deal through amid PSG's interest.
Now, transfer news expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Wijnaldum has decided to move to PSG ahead of Barcelona.
The Italian reporter added that Barcelona would not raise their offer to the former PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord player.
Romano previously tweeted that PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino had called Wijnaldum as Barcelona were already planning medicals ahead of the Liverpool star's arrival.
Wijnaldum has reportedly accepted a PSG deal that will expire in 2024 and a salary that is more than double what Barcelona had put forward, according to Romano.
Koeman will be disappointed to miss out on Wijnaldum's signature as he makes sweeping changes to his Barcelona squad this summer.
Barcelona have already secured the services of former Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers.
And Koeman's side also added Emerson Royal from Real Betis as Barcelona improve their squad options ahead of the new La Liga season.
Meanwhile, Pochettino will welcome the addition of Wijnaldum as the Parisian side are expected to reinforce after their failed Ligue 1 title defence last season.
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