This summer we will likely see more departures from Liverpool than arrivals. The Reds have a number of players who have returned from loan spells and who are now up for sale, they also have some players who are being targeted by European giants. One such player could be pushing to get his move away; according to reports in Spain, Gini Wijnaldum is putting ‘pressure’ on the club to secure a transfer to Barcelona.
Kop icon Wijnaldum
Liverpool signed Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle United in 2016.
When he arrived at Anfield, Gini was an attacking midfielder, a goalscoring threat regularly popping up with a strike when his side needed it.
Jürgen Klopp transformed the Dutchman into a tenacious box-to-box player, a dynamic pressing machine in the middle of the park.
Although, he still pops up with vital goals – we will never forget his brace against Barcelona in the Champions League last year.
Wijnaldum and Barcelona
Since Ronald Koeman took over at the Camp Nou there have been persistent reports that the new gaffer wants to sign Gini.
The pair worked well together whilst Koeman was coach of the Dutch national team, the Blaugrana boss is purportedly keen to partner the Reds’ midfielder with Frenkie de Jong at club level.
According to Sport in Spain, Gini Wijnaldum is putting on pressure to secure a move to Barcelona.
The midfielder is said to be ‘excited’ by the prospect of linking up with Koeman again and would like the move resolved before the Reds’ opening game of the season against Leeds United – the report citing this as a ‘decisive week’ for the player.
What RTK has to say
This move seems to be inevitable.
If Ronald Koeman wants him then he will likely get him. Given that Gini is entering the final year of his contract, the Reds aren’t in the strongest of bargaining positions.
The club will have to accept an offer for him sooner or later if there are teams interested, otherwise we risk losing him on a free next season.
However, we don’t believe that he is pressuring the club into the sale. If Wijnaldum wants to go to Barcelona he won’t go kicking and screaming, he is far too professional for that.