Ronald Koeman has conceded that Barcelona will not be making any new additions in January amid interest in Georginio Wijnaldum, according to the Daily Mirror.
Instead, they will will wait till the summer to sign free agents with Manchester City’s, Eric Garcia, and Wijnaldum’s contracts expiring this summer.
The Liverpool midfielder is currently at loggerheads with the club over the contract discussions.
It looks increasingly likely that it will be his last season at Anfield.
The Dutchman has been allowed to begin negotiations with oversea clubs, since January.
Earlier this month, it had been reported that contract talks between the two representatives had broken down.
Recently, the Barcelona board blocked a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and head coach Ronald Koeman hasn’t shied away from discussing the effects that the pandemic has had on the club.
“My position is known: we lack people, but the economic situation of the club is an influence,”
“We have concluded that if he is a player whose contract is ending, we must wait.” Koeman added.
Barcelona are currently going through the rebuilding process and the former-Netherlands head coach sees Wijnaldum are part of the plan.
He has played 213 games for Liverpool in all competitions and has started 89% of the Reds games this season.
Reportedly, the 30-year-old has demanded an offer which would reflect his ranking as one of the world’s leading midfielders.
However, the Dutchman speaking to Sky Sports insisted that there has been no change in discussions.
“There is no update yet, I also think I am not the one who should give the update, the club should.“
“If there will be an update the club will give it.” He concluded.
Wijnaldum could be in contention to make his 214th Liverpool appearance on Sunday as the Reds travel to Old Trafford.