Barcelona had intended to announce the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum in the coming days, yet talks for the midfielder have reached a chaotic point, with Paris Saint-Germain making a superior offer which is forcing the Catalan club to further press for the Dutchman’s signature.
Wijnaldum‘s representatives have been at Barcelona‘s offices for two days, finalising the details of their agreement, however everything has been thrown into doubt by PSG‘s appearance.
PSG have made a vastly superior financial offer to a player who will leave Liverpool on a Bosman deal, with it worth noting that Barcelona‘s financial situation is meaning all contracts are tightly negotiated, with a lot of money coming through variables and bonuses, rather than direct salary.
Barcelona have hit the panic button in the last 24 hours and are determined to ensure the player doesn’t slip through their fingers and signs for the Parisian giants.
An improvement to the initial offer made to the Dutchman is being considered, although the technical department are hoping a more diplomatic solution can be found.
Wijnaldum, for his part, feels the continuity of Ronald Koeman on the bench at the Camp Nou is vitally important for his decision, and Los Cules plan to play that card.
Will the Dutch connection be enough?
With Koeman staying and Memphis Depay set to arrive, there is hope that Wijnaldum will look at a situation that could be very comfortable for him.
He will be working under a coach who knows him perfectly and will give him many minutes throughout the season, which is important given the fact the 2022 World Cup is just around the corner.
Wijnaldum also knows that he will be surrounded by fellow Dutch internationals, but Barcelona are determined for closure on the situation before the start of the European Championship.