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Wijnaldum signs for PSG on free transfer

Georginio Wijnaldum has committed to a three-year deal at Paris Saint-Germain ahead of his Liverpool departure.

Wijnaldum said his final goodbyes to Liverpool supporters after the team’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2020-21 Premier League season, having failed to reach an agreement with the club over a contract extension.

Barcelona had initially been touted as the most likely next destination for the 30-year-old, but PSG have ultimately won the race to sign him on a free transfer, with the move set to be finalised at the end of the month.

Wijnaldum joins a star-studded PSG squad that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, with it reported that head coach Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to join by outlining the key role he wants him to play in the team next season.

The Netherlands international will add valuable experience to Pochettino’s ranks as he aims to bring their quest for a first-ever Champions League crown to an end while reclaiming the Ligue 1 title.

PSG already has Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera in the middle of the park, but as a more traditional box-to-box midfielder Wijnaldum is capable of adding a new dimension to the starting XI. Goal

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