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Sports Kessie, not Ndidi is PSG star Wijnaldum’s perfect replacement at Liverpool – Olatunji-Okuku

02:23  11 june  2021
02:23  11 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Georginio Wijnaldum shunned offers from Liverpool and Inter, says agent

  Georginio Wijnaldum shunned offers from Liverpool and Inter, says agent The Dutch midfielder has departed Anfield as a free agent, with the Netherlands international taking on a new challenge with PSGParis Saint-Germain have won the race for a much sought-after signature , with a classy 30-year-old leaving Anfield as a free agent.

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a three-year deal, the French club announced on Thursday.

Ligue 1 giants PSG have confirmed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum on a three-year deal. The 30-year-old’ s contract with the Reds is due to expire in just over two weeks and he has already bid farewell to Anfield. Wijnaldum departs Liverpool as a true modern legend of the club, helping the team climb to the incredible heights its enjoyed under Jurgen Klopp’ s reign. The Netherlands international will pack Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners’ medals into his bag when he leaves Merseyside for the last time for Paris.

AC Milan’s Franck Kessie will be a ‘suitable’ replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum at Liverpool following the Dutchman’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Samuel Olatunji-Okuku.

The 30-year-old joined the Reds from Newcastle United in 2016 and he went on to make 237 appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side across all competitions, scoring 22 goals with 16 assists to his credit.

Having failed to reach an agreement with the Anfield giants over a contract extension, the midfielder joined the Ligue 1 outfit on a three-year deal.

As the football world continues to talk about a possible replacement for Wijnaldum in Klopp’s squad, many have tipped Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi for the job. However, the seasoned football administrator feels otherwise.

Barça Outlined: Wijnaldum changes to PSG

 Barça Outlined: Wijnaldum changes to PSG For weeks, the FC Barcelona was considered a favorite - but Georginio Wijnaldum now switches from FC Liverpool to free transfer to Paris St. Germain. © Imago Images From the Premier League to Ligue 1: Georginio Wijnaldum in the future plays for Paris St. Germain instead of Liverpool. Netherlands comes from Liverpool according to the obligations of Sergio Aguero (33) and Eric Garcia (20, both Manchester City) FC Barcelona failed to get a third release-free player from the Premier League.

Wijnaldum joins a star -studded PSG squad that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, with it reported that head coach Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to join by outlining the key role he wants him to play in the team next season. PSG already have Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera in the middle of the park, but as a more traditional box-to-box midfielder Wijnaldum is capable of adding a new dimension to the starting XI. Wijnaldum ' s legacy at Liverpool .

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle United in 2016 and quickly established himself as a key man for the Reds, only failing to appear in 11 Premier League matches over that five-year spell. Liverpool had tried to keep the 30-year-old but he acknowledged last month that the two parties had been unable to agree on a new contract. Wijnaldum bolsters PSG ' s central midfield options that already include Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira and Marco Verratti.

“Franck Kessie will be a very suitable replacement given his work rate, ability to play box to box, and competence when it comes to goalscoring,” Olatunji-Okuku told Goal.

“For Ndidi, he won’t be able to fill that role because Liverpool already have Fabinho.

“So, there will be no sense in seeing him leave Leicester City – where he is king – to Anfield where he would be playing second fiddle to the Brazilian.

“No disrespect to Ndidi, he is superb as a holding midfielder but when it comes to a box-to-box kind of midfielder, Kessie is just a perfect match.”

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During his time at the Premier League club, Wijnaldum won four major trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League - with the 2019-20 title marking the Reds first top-flight crown in 30 years.

Depay, Wijnaldum score, Netherlands beats NMacedonia 3-0

  Depay, Wijnaldum score, Netherlands beats NMacedonia 3-0 AMSTERDAM (AP) — Memphis Depay scored one, he set up Georginio Wijnaldum for the next two, and the Netherlands made it three out of three. The Dutch team completed the group stage at the European Championship with a 3-0 victory over North Macedonia on Monday, the second team at the tournament after Italy to win all three of its opening matches. Memphis, who signed for Barcelona on Saturday, scored the first goal after a slick counterattack in the 24th minute. He then passed to Wijnaldum for a tap-in goal in the 51st, and seven minutes later goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski saved a shot from Memphis that Wijnaldum put into the roof of the net off the rebound.

Wijnaldum joins a star -studded PSG squad that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, with it reported that head coach Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to join by outlining the key role he wants him to play in the team next season. PSG already have Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera in the middle of the park, but as a more traditional box-to-box midfielder Wijnaldum is capable of adding a new dimension to the starting XI. Wijnaldum ' s legacy at Liverpool .

Wijnaldum joins a star -studded PSG squad that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, with it reported that head coach Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to join by outlining the key role he wants him to play in the team next season. PSG already have Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera in the middle of the park, but as a more traditional box-to-box midfielder Wijnaldum is capable of adding a new dimension to the starting XI. Wijnaldum ' s legacy at Liverpool .

To Olatunji-Okuku, Liverpool have lost a great player while stating that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will benefit a great deal from the Netherlands international’s experience.

“That is a big loss for Liverpool and replacing such a player will cost them a lot of money,” he continued.

“Take a look at when Klopp’s men won the champions league. You could see the impact of this player.

“Wijnaldum is that kind of player that gives you energy in the middle of the park. He is aggressive, he can win the ball back and he is a good passer of the ball. He is just so exceptional.

“Such players are not so easy to find these days and there are only a very few of them on the planet.

“So, I keep asking why Liverpool had to let him leave. Anyway, PSG have gotten themselves a great bargain.”

PSG, a new big shot becomes clear! .
© Provided by Sports.co.uk The PSG now seems in pole to accommodate Zinedine Zidane. The market stalls for free players are gradually emptying. The fault especially in Barça who has already managed to attract Éric Garcia, Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay without having to disburse any transfer allowance. But the PSG is not left out since the club of the capital, after convinced Georginio Wijnaldum, did the same with Gianluigi Donnarumma. And the vice-champions of France could not stay there.

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