PSG midfielder Gini Wijnaldum may be on the cusp of a stunning Premier League return just one year after leaving Liverpool for the French capital. However, the Dutchman will not be returning to Anfield, or even former club Newcastle, but Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa.
That is according to BirminghamLive, who report that Wijnaldum has been transfer listed for £21m by PSG after failing to transfer his Reds from over to life in Ligue 1. Wijnaldum has made 28 appearances for PSG so far this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. While the midfielder was never prolific for Liverpool, his energy and tactical understanding were more highly valued than they have been in Paris.
Aston Villa have spent heavily revamping their squad in recent years and manager Steven Gerrard will be given yet more cash to spend on players this summer after bringing in Philippe Coutinho on loan in January. The Brazilian is expected to sign permanently in the summer, meaning he could team up with former team-mate Wijnaldum next season.
At 31, and with Premier League and Champions League winners medals from his time at Liverpool, Wijnaldum is seen as a player who could make an immediate impact at Villa Park. Ambition at the club is high, with Gerrard hoping to qualify for Europe next season. Wijnadlum could be key to that.
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Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Key FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.
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