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Georginio Wijnaldum admits he 'would love to have Paul Pogba' at PSG

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Georginio Wijnaldum says he'd love for PSG to sign Paul Pogba
Georginio Wijnaldum says he'd love for PSG to sign Paul Pogba / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted he would love for Paul Pogba to join him at Paris Saint-Germain.

Pogba is still yet to agree terms on a new deal at Old Trafford and is understood to have rejected the Red Devils' latest £350,000-a-week offer.

Wijnaldum and Pogba have met many times before on the pitch
Wijnaldum and Pogba have met many times before on the pitch / Pool/Getty Images

With just one year remaining on his current contract, United have now accepted they need to sell the World Cup winner for a cut-price fee this summer to avoid running the risk of losing him on a free transfer next year.

Despite Real Madrid's well publicised admiration for the midfielder, Los Blancos' current financial problems mean they're unlikely to be able to shell out the £50m United are demanding for the Frenchman - a problem the La Liga giants have also encountered in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

PSG are now ready to pounce with a £45m bid in the offing, and Wijnaldum has admitted he would love for the United man to follow him in moving to Paris this summer.

“I would love to have Pogba with us,” he told RMC Sport. "He’s fantastic. I have played against him several times - what a player!

"If you ask any player from another team if he would like Pogba to join him, everyone will say yes because he is an extraordinary player, full of qualities. He has it all, one of the best midfielders in the world.”

Wijnaldum himself is no stranger to protracted transfer sagas, with the Dutchman leading us all to believe he was heading for Barcelona this summer only to change his mind and move to PSG.

Could Paul Pogba be heading out of Old Trafford once agin?
Could Paul Pogba be heading out of Old Trafford once agin? / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

The former Liverpool man has conceded it was tough to turn down Barcelona - a club he has supported since his childhood - but says the future plans outlined to him by the PSG hierarchy were enough to persuade him to move to Les Parisiens.

“It’s funny because, I must admit that it was a very difficult choice," he added. "I’ve supported Barça since I was young, I’m a fan of the club. We were in negotiations with them and I had a good feeling but I was also negotiating with other clubs, PSG arrived before Barça [but] we’d just talked, they weren’t really negotiations.

“I spoke to Leonardo and then to [Mauricio] Pochettino who I know from his time with Tottenham, where I’d spoken to him once before because he’d wanted to recruit me.

"I already had a good feeling about working with him. He explained the PSG project, the fact that they want to win more titles in France but also in Europe and he told me what kind of club it is.”

“I saw it was a good project and told them that I was open to listening. From there, the negotiations went very well and they did everything, absolutely everything, to get me to sign.

"They were faster in their negotiations and I had a good feeling about signing for PSG. It wasn’t about making more money here because the difference wasn’t that big - I deny having chosen PSG for the money.”

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