Ronald Koeman asked Barcelona to sign the 29-year-old who has one year left on a contract at Anfield.
Wijnaldum’s linking with Barcelona move is just rumors
Georginio Wijnaldum has been closely associated with the Barcelona move. But the Liverpool midfielder did not want to get involved in the rumors. Ronald Koeman asked Barcelona to sign the 29-year-old who has one year left on a contract at Anfield. “These are just rumors,” Wijnaldum said during a press conference. “At the moment, I can’t say anything. The midfielder even joked with the media when asked if he could be a key player for Barcelona. “I thought you would say that I can be the Dutch national team’s mainstay,” Wijnaldum said while smiling. “If you ask me about the Oranje, I can answer.”
If Barcelona wants to sign Wijnaldum this summer, they must first allow more players to leave to ease the pressure on their salaries. Koeman, who worked with Wijnaldum when he was the Netherlands national team coach, views his compatriot as the ideal player to join and cover the losses of Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, latter on the verge of joining Inter. The Dutchman is expected to be worth around €15 million, but Barcelona are adamant that their main target in this transfer window is Inter’s, Lautaro Martinez.