Former Newcastle United star Georginio Wijnaldum may leave Liverpool this summer to be reunited with Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
It is understood that Koeman – who managed the 29-year-old for the Dutch International side – wants Wijnaldum to play a ‘pivotal role’ in his rebuilding process at the Camp Nou.
No official bid has been made as of yet for the ex-Mag midfielder, but Barcelona look set to step in with Liverpool yet to open contract talks – despite his current one being due to expire in less than 10 months time.
Here’s a snippet from the Sky Sports report:
‘Ronald Koeman wants Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum to play a pivotal role in his rebuilding project in Barcelona.
‘Wijnaldum, 29, is in the final year of his present deal and we understand is keen to stay at Anfield if agreement on an extension can be reached. However, no talks to extend that deal are taking place right now.
‘Reds manager Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about his midfielder’s contract situation and as yet there has been no contact between the two clubs.’
The Dutchman left Newcastle for £25 million in the summer of 2016, and has only gone onto bigger and better things since leaving the Toon, playing an integral role in the Reds Champions League and Premier League winning campaigns.
Like many others, he is living proof that the suggestion ‘you shouldn’t sign relegated players’ is one of the biggest myths in football!
We all saw his quality at St James’ Park in just one one season at the club, albeit in a slightly more advanced role, so it’s no major shock that he’s gone on to achieve great things for Liverpool, yet would be a real surprise if they allowed him to leave for Barcelona.