Until Georginio Wijnaldum signs a new contract with Liverpool, and he’s reportedly rejected renewal offers already, rumours around his future will continue.
Heavily linked with Barcelona during the last transfer window, largely thanks to compatriot Ronald Koeman taking over at the Camp Nou, the Dutchman is in a strong position.
With his deal expiring at the end of June he’ll soon be able to talk to other clubs are agree a pre-contract, then move free at the end of the season.
Mundo Deportivo takes claims from England, published last week, with explained a clause agreed at the time of Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona. There was an agreement which meant the Catalan club couldn’t return to sign a Reds player for a set period of time, or would have to pay a ‘fine’.
That period has now expired, so Barcelona can move for Wijnaldum in January should they so wish, but Mundo Deportivo say it’s a question of ‘priorities’.
Given the long term injury to Gerard Pique, a central defender is more needed, and whilst the ‘door remains open’ for Wijnaldum, it could be that a free transfer next summer is likelier.
In theory, Barcelona could then get all of Wijnaldum, Lyon’s Memphis Depay and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia… for free.