The representative of Georiginio Wijnaldum, Humphry Nijman, has acknowledged that there was a negotiation with FC Barcelona for the midfielder to arrive at the Camp Nou in the podcast Here we go: “We had conversations with Barcelona, we tried to reach an agreement with them and everything was very advanced. For any player, Barcelona is a great challenge, but the same with PSG. The player finally chose Paris. “
The agent, who has been a key figure for the player to arrive in Paris, revealed that other important clubs such as Bayern or Inter also showed interest: “Inter would have been an option had it not been for financial problems. We also knew that Koeman would love to have had Wijnladum at Barcelona because they knew each other from Holland. Bayern were also interested. “
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The player’s lawyer also commented that Wijnaldum wanted to leave Anfield and Leonardo, sports director, and Pochettino, PSG coach, were the key: “He had a great time at Liverpool, but his contract already expired in the summer. They tried to renew him, but he had already made a decision. Both (Barcelona and PSG) put an offer on the table and we had to choose. Leonardo showed professionalism and seriousness, that prompted Wijnaldum to choose Paris. Pochettino also spoke to him and told him the role he was going to play in the team. “
Pochettino’s PSG, the great challenge after the European Championship
Wijnaldum has been an important player for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool and an essential piece in understanding the Premier League and Champions League titles. The 30-year-old midfielder faces a great sporting challenge at PSG, who seeks to make the final leap in Europe, but first he seeks to make history with the Netherlands at the European Championship.
The Dutch, captained by the former Liverpool, already have the ticket for the round of 16 and want to return to being authoritarian on the European stage. Champions in 1988, Frank De Boer’s men want to leave behind the recent dark stage after not qualifying for the last European Championship or the last World Cup and overthrow Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal as current champion.