Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was a transfer target for him in the last window.
Wijnaldum was heavily linked with a move to Barca, but the interest never got “serious”, according to the the player.
Now though Koeman has confirmed his fellow Dutchman was on a list of targets with Koeman briefed to “rejuvenate” the team.
“It is true he was on my list,” said Koeman to NOS, via Marca.
Wijnaldum though never left Anfield, despite the arrival of Thiago Alcantara.
The signing of the Spain playmaker looked like a replacement for Wijnaldum, but the player claimed recently Barca’s interest
Wijnaldum, who is out of contract at Anfield next summer, was asked about the speculation linking him with Barca last week.
“I don’t think it was that serious,” Wijnaldum said with a smile. “Otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened.
“There was nothing precise. The way it looks now, I will stay in Liverpool.
“My contract is valid for another 10 months and that can change. You never know in football. We will see what happens.”
Whether Koeman will return for the midfielder in the summer remains to be seen, but they can approach him in January and sign him on a pre-contract agreement.
He will of course be a free agent then and Koeman is keen on adding more of his fellow countrymen to his squad.
“We hope to have a second Dutchman on the squad,” said Koeman, who was also very keen on signing Dutch ace Memphis Depay.
Speaking about one of his Dutch predecessors Louis van Gaal and the number of Holland stars he accumulated, he said: “That was extreme, then there were eight or nine. Now we have De Jong and we are Alfred Schreuder and me in the coaching staff.”
Koeman, 57, though has been told to revamp his squad and did sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid in the window.
He said: “I never had any problem with him. The club thought we had to rejuvenate the team and that is now seen in the group we have, with players like Ansu Fati, Trincao, Pedri or Araujo.”