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Barcelona president Laporta hits out at PSG and Wijnaldum: Salary valued above all else

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at PSG over their swoop for Gini Wijnaldum.

The departing Liverpool midfielder has committed to PSG, despite spending months in negotiations with Barcelona. The Holland international will officially become a PSG player when his deal with Liverpool expires on June 30.

Laporta, meanwhile, has confirmed Barca spent several months in negotiations with Wijnaldum's minders before PSG jumped in at the end of last season. And the Barca president conceded there was no chance of the Blaugrana competing with PSG on a financial level.

Responding to losing the battle for Wijnaldum's signature, Laporta stated on Sunday to La Vanguardia via Le 10 Sport: "This is a question that will have to be analysed.

"We watch a player, we work on him and a club shows up, pays double and takes him.

"The player, especially at a certain age, values above all the salary..."

Wijnaldum leaves Liverpool after five years on Merseyside. Currently wearing the Holland captain's armband at the Euros, Wijnaldum played an impressive 51 games for Liverpool last season, scoring three goals.

Last season, after sacking Thomas Tuchel at Christmas and replacing him with Mauricio Pochettino, PSG finished runners up to champions Lille in Ligue 1.


- updated June 21

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