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Juventus deal Barcelona Depay blow as another free transfer is in danger

By Tom Canton

Published: June 12, 2021 11:31 am

Last Updated: June 12, 2021 11:32 am

Wijnaldum snubbed Barca to win UCL

After months of it looking like Gini Wijnaldum would be heading to Barcelona, PSG stole a march on the Spanish club to announce the deal.

The Dutch midfielder helped Liverpool reach the top 4 after it had looked very unlikely to happen. However he still decided to leave the Reds at the end of the season with his contract expiring.

Fabrizio Romano reported that Barcelona were ‘here we go’ for the deal with a ‘verbal agreement’ in place.

Gini Wijnaldum to Barcelona, confirmed and here we go! 🔴🔵 #FCB

The verbal agreement has been reached, Wijnaldum is joining Barça until June 2024. He’s expected to sign his contract in the next few days – work in progress to complete the deal reducing Gini’s salary. ⏳ https://t.co/TlqznhJfBh

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 26, 2021

However, the Dutchman would go onto sign for PSG on what was expected to be a larger salary.

Paris Saint-Germain have officially confirmed the signing of Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer.

A move to Barcelona seemed inevitable, but the Parisians gazumped Barça in terms of wages 💰.#LLL
🧡🇪🇸⚽️ https://t.co/KiYyWrChhk

— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) June 10, 2021

Wijnaldum referenced winning the Champions League when he signed, throwing into doubt the perception of players in Barca’s capacity to do the same.

“Hopefully my help can help the team win the Champions League, that would be great,” Wijnaldum said. “But not only the Champions League, it’s also about the league and the Cup. You just want to win as much as possible for the club and the supporters.”

Depay deal in jeopardy

After failing to secure a deal for Wijnaldum, the club have stepped up efforts for departing Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

Spanish outlet Marca though has said there is a ‘better economic offer’ from Juventus which has…

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