Before Gini Wijnaldum decided to join Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi was really looking forward to playing with him at Barcelona, his agent said.
Wijnaldum is set to complete his sensational move to PSG this month after the French side won the bidding war against Barcelona.
Reflecting on his client’s failed transfer to Barca, Humphry Nijman revealed that Messi himself was vocal about his desire to have Wijnaldum as his teammate.
“It was a very big compliment of course that Lionel Messi was outspoken about it and was really keen on letting Barcelona bring in Georginio [Wijnaldum],” Nijman recently said on “The Here We Go” podcast. “Gini saw it as a very, very big compliment.”
Nijman further recalled their attempt to “reach an agreement” with Barcelona, with the Catalan club having been the favorite to sign Wijnaldum due to his good relationship with Barca boss Ronald Koeman. However, PSG appeared to have made a better offer and project for the Dutch midfielder.
“From Barcelona we knew of course before that the manager Mr. [Ronald] Koeman would like to bring Gini to Barca and that they worked together with the Dutch national team and that was quite successful,” the agent recounted.
“With Barca we had some talks and initially it all looked very good and we tried to reach an agreement there but meanwhile PSG kept telling us interest was quite serious,” he continued. “When both offers came on the table then, at a certain point, you have to make a choice.”
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