It’s no secret that Barcelona were trying to sign Georginio Wijnaldum during the summer transfer window. Ronald Koeman is obviously a big fan of his work and the two know each other quite well from the Dutch national team.
However, with their current financial situation and Gini’s status at Liverpool, the deal fell through but was seemingly postponed rather than completely off the table. Now, however, the Catalans may have gotten some competiton.
According to the latest update from Corriere dello Sport (via Mundo Deportivo), both Real Madrid and Inter Milan have joined the race to sign the Dutch midfielder. The 30-year-old’s contract with the Merseyside Reds is set to end in 2021, meaning that clubs could potentially snatch him up with a heavy discount in the coming window.
Last summer when Barcelona were close to signing him, Liverpool wanted a fee in the region of 25-30 million euros. At that time, with the Catalans prioritising a striker ahead of a midfielder, that was far too much.
But now, Jürgen Klopp won’t have as much negotiating power as he did before, simply due to Wijnaldum’s contract that is set to expire. Real Madrid and Inter may, however, be a problem.
Can Barcelona really compete with them financially? One thing is for sure though – unless they first offload a couple of players at least, they won’t be able to dip their toes into the transfer market at all.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.