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Gini Wijnaldum is closing on a move to Paris Saint-Germain after snubbing a switch to Barcelona.
Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum was widely expected to become Ronald Koeman's latest recruit at the Nou Camp when his Reds contract expires.
However, the Dutchman is now set to join Ligue 1 side PSG, with personal terms being thrashed out while he is on international duty ahead of Euro 2020.
The twist in the Wijnaldum tale appears to rest heavily on the salary being offered to the 30-year-old and Barcelona continuing to stall over his signing.
Having discussed a contract with Barca, PSG have hijacked the deal and have offered Wijnaldum heavily improved terms.
Georginio Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool in July when his contract expires
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the French giants have offered the box-to-box midfielder an annual salary worth more than £8.6million (after tax) on a three-year deal.
Barcelona are unable to offer those sort of terms due to financial constraints for a player that it's understood some board members aren't that keen on signing.
Another key factor in Wijnaldum's turn of attention is working under PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, who he previously admitted he was keen to play under at Tottenham before joining Liverpool from Newcastle.
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"I went to Mauricio Pochettino's house before I spoke to Liverpool," he said in 2016, according to the Echo. "After the meeting I told my agent 'I'm going to join Spurs'.
"Pochettino is a terrific manager, if you look at the way his teams play. I was impressed with what he had to say. I saw Spurs as being a very good fit for me – but we were unable to agree financial terms with them.
"With hindsight, though, that was not a disaster. Pochettino was terrific but then Jurgen Klopp made me feel even more relaxed."
The loss of Wijnaldum is sure to hit Liverpool hard, with the Holland international a virtual ever-present over the last five seasons at Anfield.
But with Jordan Henderson set to return from injury for next season, a highly-likely improved Thiago Alcantara and fast-developing Curtis Jones, there are plenty of options for Jurgen Klopp.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also an option, having been forced to sit on the bench for much of last season, while Naby Keita will be hoping for a chance to prove himself, while the ever-reliable James Milner is showing no signs of slowing down despite turning 35 in January.