The transfer market started with good impressions at Barcelona. After closing the arrivals of Sergio Agüero, Eric García and Emerson Royal, the Spanish team had a Dutch ready to join the incoming preseason. But without waiting for it, Paris Saint Germain appeared with its characteristic economic power to try to snatch from the wheel that Ronald Koeman so longs for as a companion to Frenkie de Jong.
This is Georgino Wijnaldum, Liverpool midfielder who will leave England free on the 30th of June. As reported by the Mundo Deportivo media, Joan Laporta has already approached the player with the definitive offer from Barcelona to try to get his services. But unexpectedly, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of the French club, appeared to block the negotiations, with a surpassing proposal in terms of numbers in the contract.
Previously, the player had canceled the negotiations with Bayern Munich since Ronald Koeman had been pressing for a long time to achieve the hiring of him. Furthermore, it was tempting for Wijnaldum to play alongside fellow countryman and teammate Frenkie de Jong, coupled with the concrete possibility that Memphis Depay will also join Blaugrana in the current transfer window. But when the whole panorama of Barcelona was ideal, PSG came to ruin the party.
The new proposal coming from the French capital is too tempting to reject and would hit the steering wheel towards the neighboring country. Laporta had met with Humphrey Nijman, the midfielder's representative, and Jan Kabalt, his legal advisor, on several occasions. They had even agreed to a three-season bond and a small pay cut, but which he could recover based on goals.
A different case is that of Memphis Depay. "The negotiations between the Dutch striker and the Blaugrana club are practically over," explained the Sport portal a few days ago. The striker will arrive as a free agent from Olympique Lyon and would sign a three-year contract with a salary tied to performance targets, similar to that offered to Wijnaldum. With two goals in the last friendly of the Dutch team against Scotland, Koeman waits with open arms for the forward who asked so much of the leadership.