Frenkie de Jong’s national compatriot Gini Wjinaldum has been linked with a move to Barcelona ever since Ronald Koeman has take over. Earlier, there were reports that the management might stop pursuing the current Liverpool midfielder after the emergence of Ilaix Moriba. However, after the first round of meeting between Laporta and the coaches, it seems that the Dutch manager is still keen on signing him. His signing, along with Memphis Depay, is edging oh-so-close.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Wjinaldum wants a salary of €8m at his new club. The 30-year-old has not renewed his contract yet, which makes his departure from England pretty imminent. He is a player who is adored by Koeman and has an excellent relationship with him, stretching back to the days when Koeman managed the Netherlands.
Barcelona also went for the Liverpool midfielder last summer; however, the inability to pay the transfer fees resulted in the deal not materializing. Barça’s poor financial condition makes him a perfect target to strengthen the midfield. He is among the several players — and free-agents — Barcelona have been linked with for the summer.
Reports from Italy indicate that the Catalan club might face a competition from Inter Milan to acquire the Dutchman’s services. That said, the fact that Koeman is in charge at Camp Nou gives them the upper hand in the negotiations.
Inter are obviously of the Koeman factor in this situation, and must plan their dealing accordingly. Financially much more stable than Garnet and the Blue, Inter could to go around the same by offering Wijnaldum a higher-than-asking salary and a starting role in the team. Barcelona, on the other hand, have a loaded midfield and can’t guarantee Gini the starting spot he is looking for.
Wjinaldum will be facing Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and will have an extraordinary opportunity to impress the fans of his potential new club by putting in a shift against the brilliant Los Blancos midfield which has been unfazed this season.