Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has given the green light to Ronald Koeman and Barcelona to sign him this summer, according to reports.
This comes from Spanish publication AS. They identify Wijnaldum as the Catalonia outfit’s priority target along with Memphis Depay of Lyon and Eric Garcia of Manchester City.
Although Barcelona are set to announce a new club president, Koeman has been entrusted to draw up a transfer plan. Unsurprisingly, then, Wijnaldum has featured top of the list.
As for why this is relevant to Liverpool – Barcelona’s financial state means the club cannot afford to pursue big-money deals hence why they are after the soon-to-be out-of-contract Dutchman.
Wijnaldum, along with Depay and Garcia, all have expiring deals this summer and have reportedly made their intentions known to Barcelona regarding a summer switch.
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Wijnaldum has remained a constant professional all season and has been reluctant to speak in-depth regarding his contract situation.
Unfortunately, this is a waiting game that Liverpool will just have to ride from now until the end of the season. The fact Wijnaldum has kept the cards so close to his chests hints that he could be waiting for Barcelona.
At the very least, Wijnaldum – who earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac – is playing this smart and is waiting for the Catalonia giants to make a formal offer before making his intentions publically known. He has every right to do so, too.
Still, his efforts this season cannot be questioned. He has started 16 of Liverpool’s 17 Premier League matches this season, after all.
The reality is that had Liverpool wanted to keep Wijnaldum beyond this season, then they would have done everything in their power to do so.
Considering an agreement is still to be met indicates that Liverpool are already planning for a future without the 211-time Anfield icon.