Shortly after arriving at Barcelona, Ronald Koeman made his interest in Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum clear. The new Barcelona manager wants to have his compatriot in his new project, but as things stand, Wijnaldum wants to stay at Liverpool.
According to Dutch journalist Mike Verweij, the player is currently waiting for a new contract offer from his English club.
Koeman played La Masia graduate Carles Aleñá in the number 6 position in the pre-season friendly against Nástic, and the player showed that he can position himself well, trackback, scan the field, invent and create — which means that he might pass on a midfield signing and focus on other arrivals, in defense particularly.
But whether Koeman will look for another reinforcement in the midfield, or continue with what he has in hands, remains unknown.
Neymar slams the Barcelona board: “Incredible how they do things”
After Lionel Messi bashed the Barcelona board in his farewell post for Luis Suarez, former Barça winger Neymar Jr. also added his comment on the club’s management. The Brazilian commented: “Incredible how they do
Messi, Suarez, and Neymar had a wonderful time at Barcelona together, forming an historical trident that scored a combined 384 goals.
Neymar left Barcelona controversially in August 2017 after PSG decided to pay his release clause without negotiatIng with the Catalan club. After that, the 28-year-old faced some legal problems with the board regarding a bonus payment — but the case ended in Barcelona’s favor.
As things stand, president Josep Maria Bartomeu is under serious pressure, and we will have to wait for the progress in the vote of no-confidence to see whether he will remain in charge until March 2021.