Erik ten Hag turned down opportunity to sign PSG's Georginio Wijnaldum

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag turned down the opportunity to sign Paris Saint Germain’s Georginio Wijnaldum, according to Sky Sports.

The 31-year-old Netherlands international had a difficult first year at Paris Saint Germain following his free transfer move from United’s arch-rivals Liverpool.

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Such was the box-to-box midfielder’s struggles in the France capital he was voted Ligue 1’s ‘Flop Signing of the Year’.

The former Newcastle United man has joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma on a season-long loan, with the option to buy, from the French giants.

However, the 86-time Netherlands international could have returned to the north west of England if Ten Hag was interested.

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Erik ten Hag turned down opportunity to sign PSG’s Georginio Wijnaldum

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A report from Sky Sports states: “Ten Hag turned down the chance to sign former PSG and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum before he moved to Roma last week.

“The former Liverpool midfielder was keen to move to United.”

Like his compatriot Donny van de Beek, Wijnaldum was overlooked by Louis van Gaal for his nation’s Nations League matches in June, due to his lack of game time at PSG.

After being such a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, Wijnaldum found himself on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino‘s PSG side last season.

And with the former Tottenham Hotspur manager sacked and replaced by Christophe Galtier, Wijnaldum didn’t form part of the former Lille and Nice manager’s plans at the Parc des Princes.

Despite opting against pursuing Wijnaldum – on paper the Dutchman fitted in with the three signings Ten Hag has made this summer.

Previously played in the Eredivisie like Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, and shined in the Premier League and won big titles like Christian Eriksen, while also previously starting out in the Dutch top-flight.

But despite United looking increasingly unlikely to land Ten Hag’s priority target Frenkie de Jong – the former Ajax boss looks to have switched his attention to signing Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot over his fellow countryman – Wijnaldum.

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