The summer move to Catalonia appears to be on the cards for the midfielder. Barça, with Koeman at the helm, have made no secret of their interest in the 30-year-old Premier League title winner.
Georginio Wijnaldum dreams to move to Barcelona
Georginio Wijnaldum will view a Barcelona move as a “dream,” said Danny Murphy. With the Liverpool midfielder looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Johan Cruyff and Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou. The summer move to Catalonia appears to be on the cards for the midfielder. Barça, with Koeman at the helm, have made no secret of their interest in the 30-year-old Premier League title winner. Transfer options were explored in the summer of 2020, but the deal was not made then, and the Liga giants have to play a waiting game. Patience may eventually work in their favour, with Wijnaldum running down his contract at Anfield towards free agency. Liverpool sought to set new terms with an essential part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, but these efforts have come to nothing.
The Dutch think he’s a little bit edged out from Liverpool team
Murphy believes that is because Wijnaldum has already decided to move to Barça. The former Liverpool midfielder told reporters: “I understand it more, away from growing up as a Liverpool fan and Liverpool player in this kind of bubble, where you’d think ‘why would he leave Liverpool? They won the Premier League and the Champions League, etc’. He is 30 years old, the Barcelona manager was his national team manager, with whom he communicates very well. We don’t know his aspirations and dreams as a young player”. Murphy added about Wijnaldum’s desire to become the last Dutch maestro at Camp Nou: “In Holland, for example, there are a lot of players who looked up to the likes of Johan Cruyff, Koeman, people like that. Maybe Barcelona is a dream which Wajnaldum always had. Maybe he feels like Liverpool with some of the signings that he’s a little bit edged out.”
“That hasn’t shown in terms of selection as he always seems to be on Klopp’s best team. I think he did an amazing job for Liverpool and if he were to leave the Liverpool fans would be very appreciative and grateful for the work he did in a Liverpool jersey, rather than criticizing him for leaving.” In 2016, Liverpool signed Wijnaldum from Newcastle, and have seen him take in 211 matches helping them to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League titles.