Gini Winaldum’s decision to go away Liverpool was a source of real frustration for Jurgen Klopp at the top of last season. Despite the German coach’s best efforts, the 30-year-old selected not to increase his contract at Anfield.
The previous Newcastle United man played a key role in Klopp’s midfield because the Reds clinched Champions League and Premier League glory with him within the engine room.
Nevertheless, Klopp’s stance was not enough to persuade him to remain at Anfield, despite the club securing a last-gasp top 4 place on the ultimate day of 2020/21.
A move to Barcelona had seemed to be an obvious one with former La Oranje boss Ronald Koeman aiming for a reunion in Catalonia.
Koeman is targeting a squad overhaul in the approaching week with Wijnaldum adding an additional Dutch flavour to the midfield, alongside Frenkie de Jong, and teenage sensation Pedri.
But with talks over a move continuing to pull on between Wijnaldum’s representatives and the La Blaugrana board, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain could now scupper the deal.
In response to reports from ESPN, the French side have been monitoring the continued situation with interest.
Nevertheless, with a deal now potentially in jeopardy, they may swoop in with an improved contract offer than their Spanish counterparts.
Wijnaldum’s agent has previously encouraged rumoured interest in his client from Bayern Munich and PSG’s move will likely be welcomed.
Barcelona now face a battle to secure a deal before PSG price them out of their first midfield signing of the summer.
Koeman looks set for a busy summer of transfer activity on the Nou Camp after his own future was confirmed last week.
The previous Everton boss has already secured free transfer deals for Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia following their releases from Manchester City.
Koeman was confident that Wijnaldum would turn out to be signing No 3 followed by his Dutch teammate Memphis Depay after his Lyon exit.
If a deal will not be accomplished in the approaching days, it’s more likely to be delayed until after Euro 2020, with Wijnaldum already within the Dutch pre-tournament camp.