Liverpool’s transfer window has thrown up few surprises so far. The Reds weren’t expected to spend big, instead continuing strictly with their sell-to-buy policy – although, prior to the financial impact of the global health crisis they were predicted to bring in a couple of star names. Dejan Lovren has been sold to Zenit and Kostas Tsimikas has been brought in from Olympiakos, we could yet see more sell-to-buy moves, particularly given recent events in Spain. Liverpool should expect Barcelona to express an interest in Gini Wijnaldum in the future.
Nou Camp Nou Gaffer
Last week the world watched on in disbelief as Barcelona were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich.
Inevitably, the Barca gaffer was sacked just days after the humiliation. Ronald Koeman is expected to be announced as the new Blaugrana boss in the near future.
The former Barca player will be leaving his role as coach of the Dutch national side to take over duties at the Camp Nou.
Still no Gini contract
Gini Wijnaldum is entering the final year of his contract with Liverpool. The Dutch midfielder is yet to sign an extension despite consistent reports that talks are ongoing.
There is a school of thought that the club are debating the extension as this would be their final chance to cash in on the midfielder.
If we give him a new deal then he is likely here for the remainder of his playing days, if we don’t give him one he could leave on a free next summer. The third option is cashing in and selling him during this window.
Barcelona to chase Wijnaldum?
Ronald Koeman is a big fan of Gini. The pair have enjoyed great success together with the Dutch national side and many had tipped them to go all the way in the Euros following some free scoring displays in friendlies and qualifiers.
Given the turmoil the Catalan club are in at the moment we can expect a major overhaul of the playing staff.
As a result it would be no surprise to see Barcelona come in for Gini Wijnaldum. The club have traditionally had success with Dutchman in the side, see Koeman’s playing days and the Johan Cruyff years.
Koeman may find the prospect of pairing Gini with Frenkie de Jong too enticing to pass up, particularly given the 29-year-old’s contract situation. Could Barcelona sign Wijnaldum two years after he broke their hearts at Anfield?