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.