Liverpool: Wijnaldum leaving 'will be a blow'
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PSG are intent on building a squad to finally take them to Champions League glory, with a trio of big-name signings expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
The Paris club were knocked out of Europe’s elite competition by Manchester City at the semi-final stage last season, having beaten Bayern Munich and Barcelona under the guidance of coach Mauricio Pochettino en-route to the final four.
And PSG chiefs are intent on further strengthening the squad this summer as a result, particularly after the club missed out on the Ligue 1 title for the first time in four seasons, with Lille finishing a point ahead of them at the top of the table.
Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to be the first major new player to arrive at PSG this summer, with a deal likely to be agreed this week.
The Dutch midfielder’s Liverpool contract expires at the end of June, and PSG have successfully hijacked Barcelona’s approach for the 30-year-old.
“Wijnaldum has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain,” transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reported this week.
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“Gini is now set to accept PSG’s proposal until 2024 with salary more than doubled.”
PSG manager and former Tottenham Hotspur coach Pochettino is a well-known admirer of Wijnaldum and is believed to have spoken directly to the player to convince him to move to the French capital.
And Pochettino is also understood to be keen to sign a new attacking full-back to add quality in a position of relative weakness in the PSG side, with Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi expected to join later this summer.
The 22-year-old Moroccan full-back excelled for Inter during their Serie A title run last season, but a transfer fee in excess of £60million would likely prove too tempting to turn down for the cash-strapped Milan club.
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PSG have also been heavily linked with a move for Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Keylor Navas is expected to stay in Paris as the current first-choice, but the Paris chiefs see Donnarumma as a potential contender for the club’s No. 1 jersey for the next decade.
And, in a further statement of intent, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says that the club will never sell star striker Kylian Mbappe, despite interest across Europe.
“I will be clear, Mbappe is going to stay in Paris,” Al-Khelaifi said this week.
“We will never sell him and he will never leave on a free. Mbappe has everything he needs in Paris.
“Where can he go? What club, in terms of ambition, can compete with PSG today?
“All I can say is that things are going well, and I hope we can reach an agreement.
“This is Paris, this is his country. He has a mission, not only to play football, but to promote Ligue 1, his country and his capital.”
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