Liverpool have one of the strongest squads in world football, they’ve been Champions of Everything in the last year and a bit. It is only natural that such a strong squad would attract attention from elsewhere. The Reds may have some bids come in for their star players this summer; according to Sport in Spain, Ronald Koeman has made Barcelona signing Gini Wijnaldum a ‘non-negotiable priority’.
Koeman back home
It is no secret that Barcelona are a club in crisis. Saddled with ageing and underperforming players on expensive contracts, ravaged by infighting and plagued by a series of Champions League humiliations – something has to change.
Following an 8-2 battering at the hands of Bayern Munich, Quique Setien was sacked and replaced with Ronald Koeman.
The ex-Barca defender left his post as head coach of the Netherlands national team to take charge at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona want Wijnaldum
Ronald Koeman enjoyed great success with Gini Wijnaldum in his Netherlands midfield.
The Reds’ dynamo was deployed in a more advanced role by Koeman, regularly chipping in with goals and assists.
According to Sport in Spain, Koeman has made Barcelona signing Wijnaldum ‘non-negotiable’, the report referring to the move as a ‘priority’ of his.
The report goes on to claim that the Catalan club believe they will have a free fun at the signing once the Reds complete their expected purchase of Thiago Alcantara.
What RTK has to say
It would be heartbreaking to see Gini leave but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Thiago is a more than adequate replacement for the Dutchman, the Spaniard will offer something different with his range of passing.
We must also remember just how many magical moments Gini has given us, if he wants to add Barcelona to his CV then so be it, he’s given us enough. Whatever he wants.
It is understandable for him to want to play for Barcelona under Ronald Koeman. The Dutch have an affinity with the side owing to the Johan Cruyff years.