Ronald Koeman, newly appointed Barcelona manager, looks to make the Dutch international one of his first signings for the Blaugrana.
Former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman wants to bring in a player he already knows he can trust in Georginio Wijnaldum.
The player’s contract has only one year left and talks over a new one haven’t taken place yet.
According to Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad, Wijnaldum is “very high” on Koeman’s wishlist.Embed from Getty Images
It is said that both had a good relationship when they worked together for the Netherlands’ national team and that the player is seen as an ideal partner for Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona’s midfield.
Not only this, but AD has also stated that Koeman has told Wijnaldum not to sign a contract extension with the Reds.
A New Challenge
According to Melissa Reddy from The Independent, Gini has not dismissed taking on a new challenge and could agree on a pre-contract with the Spanish team in January.
Although it is said that Wijnaldum is happy with life at Anfield having won the Premier League this season, but with Thiago Alcantara’s transfer looking more and more likely as time passes by, first-team football might be limited for the Liverpool midfielder.Embed from Getty Images
Having won the Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup, and the Premier League title with Liverpool, the Dutchman might want a new challenge in another league.
Wijnaldum turns 30 in November and his contract runs out in 2021, so selling him in this transfer window may be Liverpool’s best option before he leaves on a free.
The player had joined Liverpool in a £25m deal from Newcastle United back in July 2016, so Jurgen Klopp will most likely ask for a higher amount if Barcelona do come knocking.
Transfermarkt have labeled the Dutchman to have an estimated value of €40M (Approx. £36M), so a deal around the €40-50M mark might be the amount wanted for the player. However, the only way for Barcelona to pay that price might be if the midfielder signs a new deal since the most likely option seems to be a free transfer to Koeman’s team.Embed from Getty Images
Having scored twice against Barcelona in the fabulous 4-0 comeback, the Dutchman might not get the nicest of welcomes if he were to join them.