BARCELONA – Barcelona welcomed with resigned tranquility Georginio Wijnaldum’s practically confirmed fright upon learning of the decision of the player’s representatives to choose the best economic offer from Paris Saint-Germain.
“If a player puts money above all else, it no longer matters,” a source from the Barça club explained to ESPN, recovering an old maxim from Johan Cruyff, making it clear that the offer was “immovable” and transferring responsibility to the Dutch international. of your decision.
Barça presented a three-season proposal to Wijnaldum with a fixed global salary of 18 million euros plus incentives that was overshadowed by the 10 per year that, it is claimed in France, PSG offered him, in addition to a transfer bonus that in the Barça was included in the annual salary.
Given the difference in conditions, Joan Laporta decided not to enter into any bidding, not because it was impossible to approach the figures that the player’s representatives with PSG manage, but because it implied that Barça, from now on, will make its own decisions ahead of a game in which he does not want to enter and that, in fact, the representatives of Memphis Depay already know, whose signing has been pursued since September 2020 and that today is well on track with whose economic conditions the club will not change.
Ronald Koeman already knew directly the breakdown of the negotiations with Wijnaldum and understood the position of the board, which was explained directly by Mateu Alemany, who did not close the door to open a new negotiation with a player with similar characteristics to the Dutchman, although noting the difficulty to carry out any transfer in case of not being made by means of an exchange with another club, giving the possibility that the young Ilaix Moriba was the most benefited, growing his role in the coach’s plans.