Liverpool given date when Barcelona could make an official bid for Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool: Klopp opens up on transfer plans for January

Barcelona signing Georginio Wijnaldum is “very, very difficult” to pull off this month, but Ronald Koeman may have a date in mind to push through a deal for the Liverpool star. Wijnaldum’s contract situation at Liverpool is still not resolved with the midfielder now eligible to speak with prospective new clubs from overseas.

Barcelona were strongly interested in the summer with Koeman keen to link back up with the Holland international at the Nou Camp.

No official approach was made by the La Liga side in the summer, but there are growing concerns on Merseyside on whether they’re going to be able to get Wijnaldum to sign an extension.

Reports have suggested the 30-year-old’s preference is to stay at Anfield, but he wants a contract which reflects his role at the club.

He was Klopp’s most-used midfielder last season as Liverpool went on to win the title and once again he’s been the figurehead this campaign amongst a host of injuries.

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Barcelona though are keen to strengthen in this window and Wijnaldum remains top of Koeman’s wishlist.

Standing in their way though is the club’s financial situation with the new presidency election coming later this month, reports Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero.

Joan Laporta is among the favourites to take over having already held the position between 2003 and 2010.

And Montero suggests Barcelona may wait until a new president is announced on January 24th to lodge a bid for Wijnaldum.


“Ronald Koeman wants Wijnaldum but he also wants Eric Garcia, the defender from Manchester City – there’s an agreement,” he told Sky Sports.

“They’ve got more problems in that part because with [Gerard] Pique injured, with [Clement] Lenglet in that situation and [Samuel] Umtiti also injured for many, many weeks, they need a player like Eric Garcia.

“If not in January, we’ve said for some time here that for sure by next summer.

“With Wijnaldum, the main problem is the economy situation at Barcelona due to this coronavirus crisis.

“So when the new president arrived, lets say for example Laporta on January 24th, if he asked Koeman if he wants Wijnaldum, maybe they will try it.

“But I think the economy situation is going to make this very, very difficult for Barcelona.”

Laporta confirmed his interest in taking over the presidency of Barcelona last summer and he stated at the time that his wish was to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club.

“I would very much like Guardiola to come back but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take,” Laporta said.

“He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again.”

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