Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer from Liverpool. The Dutch midfielder will join PSG on a three-year deal when his contract with Liverpool expires at the end of June.
The confirmation, which PSG announced with a glossy video on social media, puts to an end a long-running transfer saga.
Wijnaldum had been expected to join Barcelona on July 1, with manager Ronald Koeman personally pushing for his signature.
But the French club emerged as a contender late in the day and have now successfully hijacked the 30-year-old’s move to Spain.
“Joining Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me,” Wijnaldum told the club website.
“After signing his contract, I join one of the best training grounds in Europe and I am keen to be able to bring my desire and my determination to this ambitious project.
“Paris Saint-Germain has proven its status in recent years and I am sure that together, for our supporters, we will be able to go even further and higher.”
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Jurgen Klopp since joining Liverpool from Newcastle for £25million back in 2016.
The Dutch midfielder was a dependable performer, helping win the Champions League and Premier League for the Reds.
He played his last game for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the last day of the Premier League season on May 23.
That game, which secured Klopp’s side a Champions League place, was his 237th for the club.
He is now with Holland preparing for Euro 2020 where Frank de Boer’s side face Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine in Group C.