KEY POINTS

  • Gini Wijnaldum is set to leave Liverpool as a free agent this summer
  • Liverpool signed him from Newcastle ahead of the 2016-17 term
  • He has netted 22 goals and provided 16 assists for Liverpool

Liverpool FC midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is reportedly being chased by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) apart from FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich ahead of the 2021 summer market.

PSG and Barcelona are in the race to sign Wijnaldum, who is set to become a free agent this summer, reported French publication Le10Sport.

While Wijnaldum has been in regular touch with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, French giants PSG are the latest club to have begun talks with the Dutch midfielder, according to journalist Ekrem Konur, who has a credible record in the transfer market in European soccer.

In the summer of 2016, Wijnaldum moved from Newcastle to Liverpool at a fee of $35 million. Wijnaldum missed 11 Liverpool games due to injury, according to Transfermarkt. Through his availability over the years, he became one of the vital cogs of the Jurgen Klopp side that tasted success, winning the Premier League (2019-20), Champions League (2018-19), UEFA Super Cup (2019), and FIFA Club World Cup (2019).

While Liverpool had an injury-hit 2020-21 season, Wijnaldum was one of the constants for the Reds. He made 44 starts for Liverpool this season and featured in every Premier League game since the start of the 2020-21 campaign. Overall, he netted 22 goals and provided 16 assists for Liverpool, including two goals in the memorable semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield in 2019.

By beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in their final league game of the season, Liverpool finished third in the points table and ensured Champions League football for next term. The home game against Palace was also Wijnaldum's last for the Reds, who was given a well-deserving guard of honor and standing ovation later in the game when he left the field, one last time as a Liverpool player.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed concerns about the new league's competitiveness Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed concerns about the new league's competitiveness Photo: POOL / LEE SMITH

In a post-match interview, Klopp heaped praises on Wijnaldum, who is yet to finalize his next club for the new season.

"It is very emotional for me because I lose a friend and I will miss him, that’s how it is. But it’s normal in football that these kinds of things happen – it’s not always nice, but normal, and I am really sure he will find a great place. Each club that is interested in him should call me and ask about him. Then you will take him, definitely, because I could not be more positive about what he did here. It’s incredible. He was not only always available, but he also played 90 per cent of the time really, really good," Klopp told Liverpool’s media Sunday.