New PSG star Gini Wijnaldum hails ‘extraordinary’ Paul Pogba and claims he would love to see the Manchester United star join him at the French giants… with former Liverpool man describing the Frenchman as ‘one of the best midfielders in the world’
- Manchester United may sell midfielder Paul Pogba to PSG for £43m this summer
- Sportsmail revealed the Red Devils are under pressure to sell their star player
- Gini Wijnaldum has described Pogba as ‘one of the best midfielders in the world’
- Wijnaldum was confirmed as a new PSG player on a three-year deal on Thursday
- The Dutchman claims he would love to see the ‘incredible’ Pogba join him at PSG
Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he would love new club Paris Saint-Germain to add Manchester United star Paul Pogba to their midfield, as the Frenchman ‘has it all’.
The Dutch midfielder was confirmed as a PSG player on Thursday after signing a three-year deal with the French giants following his departure from Liverpool at the end of June.
Sportsmail revealed that United are under pressure to sell Pogba this summer and PSG could move for him in a £43million summer deal, with Wijnaldum describing the ‘extraordinary’ Pogba as ‘one of the best midfielders in the world’.
New PSG star Gini Wijnaldum (right) has said he would love to see Paul Pogba (left) join too
Wijnaldum was confirmed as PSG’s latest summer signing on a free transfer on Thursday
When asked by RMC if he would like to see Pogba join him at PSG, Wijnaldum replied: ‘He is incredible. I have played against him several times and what a fabulous player! Every team would like to have him.’
‘If you ask any player from another team whether they would like Paul Pogba to join them, everyone would say “yes” because he is an extraordinary player, full of qualities. He has it all.
‘He’s one of the best midfielders in the world. But the way I see football and last year I saw it a lot: when a lot of players get injured and you always have to play with the same players, it’s hard.’
Manchester United are under pressure to sell Paul Pogba with PSG interested in a £43m deal
Sportsmail revealed this week that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is discussing personal terms with PSG, who believe they can sign the 28-year-old midfielder for less than half the £89m he cost United in 2016.
Pogba has a year left on his £290,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford and has given no indication that he is interested in signing a new one. This means he will be able to walk away from Old Trafford as a free agent for the second time next summer, after initially leaving the Premier League club as a youngster for Juventus in 2012.
United must now decide whether to recoup some of that money by selling Pogba before the August 31 transfer deadline or keep the player for another season and risk losing him for nothing.
PSG, one of the few clubs in Europe who could afford his salary, think they can persuade United to sell for around £43m although it’s believed there has been no contact between the two clubs yet.
Wijnaldum (middle) hailed Pogba (right) having faced the United star several times in England
Should Pogba move to the French giants, who are looking to take back the Ligue 1 title off last season’s surprise champions Lille this term, he would join an all-star PSG side that has already snapped up Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos this summer.
Former Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi is another high-profile signing made by Mauricio Pochettino this summer along with Wijnaldum, who praised the PSG project currently underway.
‘Winning titles is very important, that’s what we all want to accomplish as a footballer,’ Wijnaldum said when his free transfer was confirmed.
The likes of Sergio Ramos (left) and Gianluigi Donnarumma (right) have joined PSG this year
‘And Paris wants to win, it’s a club that has progressed a lot over the years, which has played in a Champions League final, which also reached the last four last season. I think the project is beautiful, and we are building a team to fulfil these goals.
‘When Paris came to meet me, everything went very well, and I quickly wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain.
‘Mauricio Pochettino had already approached me at the time, to sign me for Tottenham, so I had already talked a lot with him.
‘The whole club made me feel that they really wanted me, that played a big part in my decision.’