Date published: Sunday 18th October 2020 11: 24
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says he needs Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to spearhead an exhilarating trio of January arrivals.
Koeman previously revealed his passion in his fellow Dutchman, claiming he changed into once on Barca’s checklist of targets.
Nonetheless he has now outlined at length why he feels the 29-year-archaic might perchance presumably be an phenomenal signing.
He said (via the On a typical foundation Mirror): “Our passion for Wijnaldum is sturdy.
“I important to carry him here in the summer season because he has the ability to invent unbelievable runs from midfield and flip up in the box on the correct moments.
“I am convinced he can in actuality add something to the crew. However the financial narrate of Barcelona changed into once known at his club.”
Wijnaldum and Koeman worked collectively while the latter changed into once supervisor of the Netherlands nationwide crew. Indeed the Reds midfielder has an phenomenal international goals document, scoring 15 instances in 61 video games.
Barcelona might perchance presumably now not gain enough money a swoop this summer season, though, with the club announcing losses of €97million (£88million). The club moreover blamed the coronavirus pandemic for a €203million (£184million) tumble in revenue.
The fervour in Wijnaldum comes amid the midfielder’s contract nearing an pause. He has entered the last year of his Anfield deal, with no brand of an extension on the horizon.
As such, the Spanish giants might perchance presumably land a more cost-effective fee in January, or agree a pre-contract with the midfielder.
Koeman moreover needs Garcia and Depay
Within the meantime, Koeman added that he needs Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia and Lyon’s Memphis Depay at Barcelona.
Both avid gamers are in the an identical contractual narrate as Wijnaldum.
Koeman said: “There’s a possibility for obvious that we’ll gain every other plug for Garcia.
“But suitable now I’m in a position to now not know the blueprint the funds of the club are in January, so I wish to wait and learn about.”
On Depay, the supervisor added: “The whole lot changed into once willing, nevertheless thanks to the LaLiga suggestions we knew we had to sell first forward of shall we brand our targets.
“Within the tip it changed into once now not imaginable. It changed into once disappointing, nevertheless Memphis knew how the narrate changed into once at Barca.”
Barcelona made it two LaLiga video games with out victory on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat to Getafe.