Top sides from across Europe were mulling over the possibility of landing the former Liverpool man on a free transfer.
Georginio Wijnaldum was presented with a “very, very good offer” from Inter Milan, says the player’s agent while also revealing Bayern Munich and Juventus’ interest in his client.
As it became increasingly apparent he won’t extend his stay at Liverpool, Wijnaldum was expected to sign for FC Barcelona.
The Catalan club came very close to sealing the deal for the 30-year-old only to get gazumped by Paris Saint-Germain, who arrived on the scene late but played their cards right.
Barcelona, though, can get some relief from the fact that they were not the only club to get ignored by the Netherlands International.
“It started quite early, in January Inter Milan showed interest,” Wijnaldum’s agent told the Here We Go Podcast.
“They made an offer for Gini but there were problems with the owners getting the money out of China so Inter wasn’t able to fulfill their initial obligations. They had made him a very, very good offer. If the financial problems were not there, it could have been a serious option.
“After that, the director of Juventus phoned me and showed interest. Also in the same period, (sporting director) Leonardo from PSG approached me. We knew [manager Ronald] Koeman at Barcelona would like to bring Georginio to Barcelona. At a later stage Bayern Munich showed an interest.
“[PSG boss Mauricio] Pochettino had talks with Gini and how he saw his role and what he expected from him.
“Barcelona we had some talks and initially it looked all really good and we were along the way [to an agreement] but Paris were telling us their interest was quite serious. When both offers came on the table, he had to make a choice.”