Ronald Koeman is confident that Barcelona can sign Gini Wijnaldum for free, according to reports. The Liverpool star is out of contract in 2021.
This comes from Mundo Deportivo. They lay out the complications at Barcelona right now with the elections later this month.
Despite a new president on his way, they will hold a meeting with Ronald Koeman over transfers, though. Things could obviously change dramatically after the elections but for now, they want things in order.
As for why this is relevant to Liverpool – Koeman still believe the club can sign Gini Wijnaldum for free. That’s a possibility, of course, as the player is out of contract at the end of the season.
Barcelona can actually negotiate and formally agree a deal already. That almost certainly won’t happen until after the elections, though.
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The Catalonians have to wait, then, but things could move quickly after January 24th.
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The longer Wijnaldum goes without renewing his Liverpool contract, the more likely this all becomes. Barcelona’s form won’t help the Reds, either.
One hope was that Koeman wouldn’t actually remain at the club beyond this year. Barcelona have shot up the table, however, strengthening his position.
Koeman has links with Wijnaldum, of course. He managed the Netherlands’ national team, where the Liverpool man played a significant role.
There’s little doubt that he’s the one driving this move.
Unfortunately for everyone, though, this one is just a waiting game. We’re unlikely to know what’s happening for at least another few weeks.
But from our point of view, it certainly does feel like Wijnaldum is waiting for Barcelona. At the very least, he appears to be waiting for a formal offer before making his ultimate decision.
You can’t help but feel that if he were re-signing with Liverpool, he’d have done so by now. So for that reason, Koeman and Barcelona are likely right to be confident.