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Wijnaldum’s agent says Messi wanted midfielder at Barcelona

‘It was a very big compliment’

20210618 Netherlands Training Session Photo by Marcel ter Bals/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Georginio Wijnaldum’s agent, Humphry Nijman, reckons Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was pretty keen on the midfielder moving to the Camp Nou.

The Dutchman has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after the French side reportedly made a far more generous offer than the Catalans.

Nijman chatted about the transfer with Fabrizio Romano on his ‘Here We Go’ podcast and said Wijnaldum was chuffed to hear Messi wanted him at Barcelona.

“It was a very big compliment of course that Lionel Messi was outspoken about it and was really keen on letting Barcelona bring in Georginio. Gini saw it as a very, very big compliment.”

The agent also admitted that Inter, Juventus and Bayern Munich had also expressed an interest in Wijnaldum and offered some insight into the talks with Barcelona.

“From Barcelona we knew of course before that the manager Mr Koeman would like to bring Gini to Barca and that they worked together with the Dutch national team and that was quite successful,” he explained.

“With Barca we had some talks and initially it all looked very good and we tried to reach an agreement there but meanwhile PSG kept telling us interest was quite serious. When both offers came on the table then, at a certain point, you have to make a choice.”

Koeman was asked about missing out on Wijnaldum on Thursday and said “it was a pity” a deal could not be done and felt it was because “we lacked a bit of convincing on our part which could have been decisive, in the end PSG overtook us.”

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