Arsenal remain interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum with a return to the Premier League their preference if he is to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to a report from TEAMtalk.
The Gunners were linked with the Dutchman during the January transfer window. This comes as the 31-year-old isn’t enjoying the best time since leaving Anfield.
He has generally been a regular in the PSG squad since his arrival. However, he struggled to replicate the form that prompted Jurgen Klopp to label him a ‘sensational’ footballer.
And it looks like his stay in the French capital could be short-lived. TEAMtalk reports that Wijnaldum plans to consider his options at the end of the season.
A return to the Premier League would be his preferred move if he leaves this summer. Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham are all monitoring the situation with Wijnaldum, according to TEAMtalk.
Of course, a lot may also depend on what the future holds for Mauricio Pochettino. He is said to be in line to leave the Parc des Princes after a mixed campaign. So obviously, Wijnaldum may want to see who succeeds Pochettino – if he goes – and how PSG look to move forward before making a decision.
Wijnaldum could be a smart signing for Arsenal if they secure Champions League return
Signing Wijnaldum might seem like a gamble for a club like Arsenal. They have had real success signing young players with a point to prove over the last 12 months. And they clearly benefited from moving away from a strategy of signing more experienced players.
Wijnaldum turns 32 in November. That said, he could prove to be an inspired signing if PSG are ready to cash in.
If they’re not demanding a huge fee, he could be a great addition – should Arsenal qualify for the Champions League next year. He has made nearly 50 appearances in the competition. And of course he won it with Liverpool.
The majority of Arsenal’s business will surely see them sticking to the model that has worked so well this season. But adding a few experienced options can also be a smart move if they’re back in Europe.
And few have a better track record than Wijnaldum.
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