Paris Saint-Germain have revealed that Georginio Wijnaldum will wear the club’s jersey number 18 during his official unveiling.
The Dutchman was announced as a PSG player more than a month ago after choosing not to extend his time at Liverpool, although his international commitments have meant that he had to wait until now to be revealed.
After signing a three-year deal in the French capital, Les Parisiens has now taken to its official website to confirm that Wijnaldum will be number 18 from the start of the 2021/22 season.
Although it may seem like a relatively obscure number, some iconic players have worn PSG’s number 18 jersey in recent years – with Gianluigi Buffon and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among their previous owners.
Wijnaldum takes the shirt from former PSG loanee Moise Kean, with the French side apparently unable to reach an agreement with Everton on the permanent transfer of the Italian international.
It has already been a hectic summer of transfer activity at the Parc des Princes, with Wijnaldum just one of a long list of newcomers to the club. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have secured former Real Madrid talisman Sergio Ramos, Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma – who both arrived for a free transfer – while high-ranking Morocco international Achraf Hakimi has also joined the club.
Confirmed: @GWijnaldum will have the jersey number 1⃣8⃣ this season! pic.twitter.com/5km7GHegYF
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 22, 2021
PSG are obviously not in the mood to move in when they look to strengthen their squad before trying to fight their Ligue 1 title back from Lille, and it sounds like they are not done yet.
Milan left-back Theo Hernandez is also targeting Pochettino, with 40 million euros (34.2 million pounds) already said to have been presented. The offer was immediately rejected by I Rossoneri, but if PSG’s transfer deals so far this summer are anything to go by, they are likely to test Milan’s determination again.