Ronald Koeman confirms Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum ‘could be an option in the future’ for Barcelona after he failed to land him last summer, with the Dutch midfielder able to start talks in January
- Georginio Wijnaldum’s deal expires in June 2021 and he could move for nothing
- He was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona for most of the summer window
- The midfielder played under Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman for Holland
- Wijnaldum has refused to either confirm or deny links to the Nou Camp
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has admitted Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum might be an option to pursue in future.
Wijnaldum, 30, was strongly linked to Barcelona over the summer as central midfielders Arthur Melo and Ivan Rakitic left for Juventus and Sevilla respectively, but he ended up staying at Anfield.
Koeman was Holland boss from 2018 to 2020 and 68-cap international Wijnaldum played regularly under his tenure, so they know each other well.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (left) has held off on signing a new deal at Anfield
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (centre) worked with Wijnaldum (left) for Holland
And former Barcelona and Holland defender Koeman admitted to Sport: ‘He’s very good but he’s playing for Liverpool.
‘He could be an option in the future. I can’t say more.’
With Wijnaldum’s contract expiring in June 2021, if he continues to hold off on signing a new deal for Jurgen Klopp’s side he can move on a free transfer next summer.
And clubs abroad can start negotiations from January, meaning Liverpool only have seven weeks to tie him down on fresh terms before the ex-Newcastle midfielder can begin talks with the likes of Barcelona and any other international suitors.
Sportsmail reported yesterday that Wijnaldum gave a cagey response when asked about his future.
Wijnaldum scored twice in 122 seconds in Liverpool’s stunning comeback win over Barça
He said: ‘I can’t say anything about that.
‘Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?
‘I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.’
Wijnaldum inspired Liverpool’s jaw-dropping 4-0 comeback victory over the Catalan giants in the 2018-19 Champions League semi-final at Anfield with two goals in just 122 seconds.
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