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Georginio Wijnaldum joins Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 club doubles Barcelona contract offer to land ex-Liverpool midfielder


Georginio Wijnaldum chose to sign for Paris Saint-Germain rather than Barcelona with the French club announcing the Dutch international.

The 30-year-old has decided not to stay at Liverpool and leave as a free agent after five seasons at Anfield.

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Wijnaldum spent five years at Anfield after joining Newcastle in 2016[/caption]

The midfielder has played 237 times for the club, winning the Premier League and the Champions League.

He received a guard of honor from his teammates in his last game against Crystal Palace last month.

Jurgen Klopp made an emotional call for him to stay, but decided his future was elsewhere.

“It is emotional for me, I am losing a friend and he will be missed but it is normal in football,” said the manager. “He will find a good place for the club that is interested in it.”

Georginio Wijnaldum joins Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 club doubles Barcelona contract offer to land ex-Liverpool midfielder
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Wijnaldum became Premier League and Champions League winner at Liverpool[/caption]

But his future is elsewhere with PSG announcing that Wijnaldum had joined them for a free transfer Thursday in a social media post.

Wijnaldum has been linked with Barcelona for some time where he is said to have joined former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.

Barca had been hoping to sign him with compatriot Memphis Depay on free transfers but it hit a stumbling block.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims PSG made a huge offer to the Netherlands international which Barcelona were unwilling to match.

Georginio Wijnaldum joins Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 club doubles Barcelona contract offer to land ex-Liverpool midfielder
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Wijnaldum to represent the Netherlands at Euro 2020[/caption]

He wrote on Twitter: “Georginio Wijnaldum has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona have NO intention of increasing their offer after the deal is ready in 2 weeks and the medicals scheduled.

“Gini is now ready to accept PSG’s proposal until 2024 with a salary more than doubled [compared to Barça bid]. “

This turned out to be the case with the Netherlands international set to play his football in France next season

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