Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum ‘still keen on the move to Barcelona and relish the possibility of teaming up with Lionel Messi and Memphis Depay’ as doubt continues to hang over his future at Anfield
- Midfielder, 30, could leave Anfield for free in next transfer window
- Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman worked with him while he was boss of the Netherlands
- Wijnaldum should ignore Barcelona’s financial woes due to pandemic
- He would receive a three-year contract, while Liverpool would prefer a two-year contract
Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly considering a summer move to Barcelona due to the prospect of teaming up with Lionel Messi and Memphis Depay.
The Liverpool central midfielder’s contract expires this summer and the Spanish giants have long been linked with his free entry, although the move has been called into question by the club’s dire financial situation due to the pandemic.
But according to the Mirror, the 30-year-old is excited about the chance to play alongside star striker Messi – who looks increasingly likely to stay – and his Dutch teammate Depay, and has told his friends in the country.
Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum (left) “wants to join Barcelona to play alongside Lionel Messi”
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has long admired Wijnaldum and the duo worked together while Koeman was the Netherlands boss.
He played Wijnaldum in a more advanced position for his country, where he excelled and bonded well at No.10 with Lyon striker Depay.
New Barcelona president Joan Laporta has informed Koeman that there will be a tight transfer budget this summer with the club over £ 1bn in debt after years of heavy spending, and exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19.
Argentina striker, who won the Copa del Rey on Saturday, now looks more likely to stay
However, with Wijnaldum and Depay both out of contract, the pair could move on for free transfers, a year after Koeman made it clear he wanted to sign both.
Additionally, the Spanish giants were able to strike a three-year deal that matches their pay structure with agent Humphrey Nijman – with key contract length as Liverpool are reluctant to offer more than a two-year deal. .
The 73-cap international has now been a fixture of Anfield since his £ 25million transfer from Newcastle in 2016, playing 230 times in all competitions and scoring 22 goals.
A potential link with Dutch teammate Memphis Depay (right) would also be an asset
He is a reliable, reliable and consistent option in midfield, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wanting him to stay after helping the team win the Premier League and Champions League.
Koeman’s side beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 on Saturday to secure the Copa del Rey, with Messi in front and in the middle after scoring twice.
Next, Liverpool will face Leeds on Monday before receiving Newcastle on Saturday in the Premier League, desperate to be in the top four and advance to the Champions League for next season.