Georginio Wijnaldum set to join Al-Ettifaq

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According to reports from L'Equipe, PSG and Al-Ettifaq have reached an agreement for Georginio Wijnaldum's transfer, valued at around €8m, with the player expected to sign a three-year deal.

The former Liverpool midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Italy's Serie A side AS Roma, is expected to undergo a medical examination on Friday before finalizing his move to the Saudi club.

Le Parisien also confirmed this information by specifying that PSG "are set to receive slightly more than €8m" from this transfer. Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano notes that Wijnaldum, a Rotterdam native, will sign a three-year contract with Al-Ettifaq.

Former England international and legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard, who signed with Al-Ettifaq to become the manager of the club ahead of the 2023-24 season, "personally contacted the player" and "convinced him" to join the club.

Despite suffering a fractured tibia in August of 2022, Wijnaldum returned to competitive action in February under Jose Mourinho at Roma. Now, at the age of 32, he is poised to continue his career in Saudi Arabia under much softer demands and playing against lower-level competition on a weekly basis.

During his time at PSG, Wijnaldum made a total of 38 appearances, contributing 3 goals and 3 assists. Following the departures of Neymar Jr, Leandro Paredes, Abdou Diallo, and Mauro Icardi, PSG will successfully part ways with another high-salaried player.

PSG have completed loan deals for Colin Dagba (to Auxerre), Ismael Gharbi (to Lausanne Ouchy), and Juan Bernat (to Benfica) of late, and the French champions are expected to finalize more transactions through Friday as the summer transfer window comes to a close at midnight.

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