Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer this Thursday. The Dutch international put pen to per on a contract until 2024 at the Parc des Princes after choosing to move to the French cital over a switch to Barcelona.
“PSG are very pleased to announce the transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum,” reads a club statement. “Arrival from Liverpool has the Dutch international midfielder signed with the club from the French cital until June 30, 2024.”
Wijnaldum, 30, is currently with the Dutch national team preparing for Euro 2020 and will earn around $ 11.5 million a year at PSG.
“Signing for PSG is a new challenge for me,” said Wijnaldum. “I sign up for one of the best teams in Europe and I want to bring all my wishes and commitment to this ambitious project. PSG have proven how good they are in recent years and I am convinced that we, together with our supporters can go even further and higher. “
The Ligue 1 powerhouse is also in talks over a deal to bring Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris from AC Milan for free, as sporting director Leonardo is trying to build a team for head coach Mauricio Pochettino to get the best out of the group.
Statistically, 2020-21 was not Wijnaldum’s best season with Liverpool, but it was also a difficult campaign overall for the Reds, and the former Newcastle United man still has plenty to offer.
With PSG, his versatility will be a big boost, especially in a midfield that has had a temporary sense of it since Pochettino’s arrival with Marco Verratti inserted as an impromptu No. 10 – when in shape.
Wijnaldum is not of the same creative quality as the Italian, but will fit in well with Leandro Paredes, while Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira and Rafinha could find themselves being moved on or relocated.
Given that the former Liverpool man can do a bit of everything, he is likely to occupy one of the two central midfield roles in the 4-2-3-1 system that Pochettino has preferred so far.
Given his attacking past, Wijnaldum was also able to fill the more advanced role when needed, with Verratti often needing backups that were previously lacking.
As far as a first move goes, this is a solid start and PSG are now expected to build on this and increase quality as they build on yet another UEFA Champions League attack and try to convince Kylian Mbpe to lift his future to the club .
Wijnaldum certainly has experience that will benefit his new team, as he was part of the Liverpool team 2018-19, which won the UCL – despite finishing second to Les Parisiens in the group.