Over the course of the summer, we kept hearing rumours about Georginio Wijnaldum potentially joining Barcelona and reuniting with Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou. Of course, the Catalans couldn’t get the deal over the line and now we finally know why.
According to an older report from The Times, Liverpool had inserted a hefty clause into Philippe Coutinho’s contract when he was transferred to Barcelona a couple of years back. The said clause would force the Catalans to pay an additional sum of €100m in addition to any transfer fee should they try to sign another player from Anfield before 2020.
That means that Wijnaldum would make for a very expensive purchase if he was indeed bought last summer. However, this clause is set to expire for the upcoming transfer windows as we set foot into 2021.
This piece of information, ESPN claim, could prove vital in their chase of the Dutch midfielder and the Catalans could even pull the trigger before Wijnaldum’s contract officially expires.
The 30-year-old player’s deal will be through next June and that means he can be acquired for free in the summer or with a heavy discount in January already. But the main thing is the expiration of the huge premium clause that kept them from shopping on the Merseyside.
With that finally gone, Barcelona may return to the scene of the crime sooner rather than later.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.