Following several seasons that were less than satisfying, the Dutch midfielder appeared to be on the verge of making a move this summer. Following his departure from Anfield at the conclusion of his contract, he played for Paris Saint-Germain for a single season. He spent the final season on loan at Roma in Italy, despite the fact that his time there was greatly hindered by injuries. At this point, it appears that Saudi Arabia will be his next destination. Reports indicate that Wijnaldum has reached an agreement with Al-Ettifaq over a three-year contract. The transfer fee for Wijnaldum is estimated to be approximately €9 million (£8 million).
Because of this move, he will be reunited with a number of familiar faces, most notably Henderson, who was the captain of Liverpool in the past and who has lately joined the Saudi sports club. There is a possibility that Wijnaldum will make his debut for Ettifaq in the forthcoming match that they have scheduled against Damac. Since the beginning of the season, Ettifaq has gotten off to a strong start, with two victories, a draw, and a loss.
While playing in Saudi Arabia, Wijnaldum will be up against competition from Sadio Mane, who is currently a member of Cristiano Ronaldo’s club at Al-Ittihad, as well as Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who recently went to Al-Ittihad. Roberto Firmino also joined Al-Ahli after his contract with Liverpool expired, which was a significant development.
Neymar, who was Wijnaldum’s former colleague at Paris Saint-Germain, also made a huge move to Saudi Arabia, and there are possible discussions taking place regarding Marco Verratti following in his footsteps. To complete their transfers, the Gulf State clubs have one week remaining to complete the process.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has stated his concerns about the issue, particularly with regard to Al-Ittihad’s pursuit of Mo Salah. He also mentioned that the next two weeks will be crucial because there will be no instant reactions that can be made regardless of what happens in Saudi Arabia.