Le Parisien have claimed that Georginio Wijnaldum, who was rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar during the January transfer window, could be left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Tottenham strengthened their midfield department through the addition of Rodrigo Bentancur in January while they offloaded Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele.
Wijnaldum was reportedly another of the names on the radar of Antonio Conte’s men during the window (90 min).
It was even claimed by some sources that Wijnaldum could be offered to Spurs as part of the deal to take Tanguy Ndombele to the Parc des Princes on loan, which eventually fell through (The Daily Mail).
However, Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg insisted the former Liverpool midfielder did not wish to leave the Ligue 1 giants last month.
If Le Parisien’s latest update is to be believed, Wijnaldum now faces the prospect of being left out of PSG’s Champions League squad.
The report reveals that Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently have 18 foreign players in their squad but are allowed to name just a maximum of 17 for the latter stages of the Champions League.
It is explained that a midfielder could thus potentially miss out, with Wijnaldum being a candidate for exclusion due to his ankle injury.
Spurs Web Opinion
If Wijnaldum does get left out of PSG’s Champions League squad, he might regret not leaving the club when he had the opportunity to do so in January.
However, I doubt that Conte would have been particularly keen on Wijnaldum in January. The Italian might have preferred a tactically savvy option like Bentancur over the Dutchman despite his abundance of talent.
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