Georginio Wijnaldum has explained why he opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer rather than join Barcelona.
The midfielder appeared set to head to the Camp Nou after his contract with Liverpool expired but instead chose PSG after the Ligue 1 side made a late move.
There have been reports that PSG offered a far more generous salary than Barca, but Wijnaldum says that’s not the only reason he opted for the French capital.
“I see the media talking only about the salary, but it’s not true. PSG was simply faster. They told me about their project and I liked it. I felt appreciated. And so I told Ronald Koeman too. I admit that at PSG I will make more money, but that is not the only reason.
“When the league ended, Barça came up with a very specific and serious proposal. I thought I would go there, I always thought so. My agents went there a few times, they met on several occasions with representatives of the club.
“We negotiated for four weeks. It was a difficult decision. They are two very big clubs. And any player would want to play with both. I am very relieved to have decided before the start of the European Championship.”
Source | Catalunya Radio
Barca continue to be linked with midfielders after missing out on Wijnaldum. Players such as Fabian Ruiz and Lorenzo Pellegrini have been mentioned, but the club may struggle to bring in anyone unless they can offload players first.