Barcelona’s interest in Liverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum has been confirmed following a report from Neil Jones of Goal.
Jones claims that Ronald Koeman is eager to reunite with Wijnaldum whom the former Everton manager worked with during his two-year stint as Netherlands national team head coach.
Despite Barcelona making their interest known, an offer has not been tabled with the Reds at this present moment.
Wijnaldum, 29, recently entered the final year of his Liverpool contract and is open to begin discussions with other teams from January. The Dutchman reportedly is not pushing for a move and remains committed to the Reds’ upcoming title defence.
The versatile midfielder was touted with a switch to the Camp Nou after Wijnaldum’s international compatriot was unveiled as Barcelona’s third manager in eight months.
Liverpool are eager to avoid the possibility of losing another talented midfield option on a free transfer as they did with Emre Can in 2020 although extension talks with Wijnaldum are still yet to take place.
Goal claim Barcelona are aware of the situation and are planning their next move before they plan to approach Liverpool and formalise their interest.
What remains clear is that Liverpool have no intent to sell Wijnaldum at this stage and there is no indication that the player himself is determined to move away from Anfield. Speculation is expected to continue, however, as long as Wijnaldum’s contractual situation remains unresolved.
According to several reports from Germany, Liverpool are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara which has added further fuel to the fire regarding the possibility of a Wijnaldum Liverpool exit.
The former Newcastle United member was utilised more in midfield than any other player under Klopp last season and he has been Liverpool’s most consistent performer in that specific area over the last four seasons.
Melissa Reddy of the Independent recently confirmed that Liverpool are unlikely to sanction a £30 million transfer for Thiago unless there were to be a significant midfield departure which raises the possibility that Wijnaldum could indeed leave.
Koeman built the base of his Netherlands side around Wijnaldum – who currently earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac – and there is an obvious appeal that similar success could be replicated at Barcelona who themselves are preparing for a major squad overhaul this summer.
If the Catalonia giants were to sanction a number of big-money moves then all of a sudden the dynamic could change and Barcelona could think about handing Liverpool an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Liverpool remain reluctant to condone getting involved in matters so close to the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign and the team are likely to turn a blind eye to ongoing developments.
According to Jones, Wijnaldum is expected to start for Liverpool when they face Arsenal at Wembley in Saturday’s Community Shield bout.
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