Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino wants more mettle in his midfield by signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, a report claims.
PSG remain a work in progress in some aspects, despite Pochettino‘s exciting arrival earlier this season. The French champions have still not won the Champions League, exiting at the semi-finals this term after last season’s loss in the final. Furthermore, they face a final-day battle with Lille to retain their Ligue 1 crown.
Parts of their squad remain uncertain, too. While Neymar has signed a big new contract, Kylian Mbappe will soon enter the final year of his deal with no resolution in sight.
According to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), though, Pochettino also has concerns over his midfield.
While Ander Herrera and Julian Draxler look mainstays in the team, their manager has noticed a big ‘deficiency’ when Marco Verratti does not play.
The Italian has struggled with several small injury problems and coronavirus this term, making only 21 league outings. In fact, he is now a doubt for Euro 2020 after picking up a knee injury.
L’Equipe adds that Pochettino wants to reform his midfield, with the signing of Wijnaldum seen as the ‘first step’ in that process.
Indeed, he stressed in March that he had “no news” over his future, but talk of his plans has since gone quiet.
Talk has instead turned to where he will move next, with Barcelona also showing interest.
Wijnaldum has barely missed any Premier League games for Liverpool and has made 50 outings in all competitions this term.
Wijnaldum Barca move in doubt
However, reports elsewhere claim that Wijnaldum’s move to Barcelona is in doubt.
There is similar uncertainty over his fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman’s future as manager at the club.
In fact, the pair working together is supposedly the crucial factor in the move going ahead.