Georginio Wijnaldum’s agent is close to agreeing terms over a move to Barcelona for the Liverpool star, according the latest reports.
Wijnaldum has refused to extend his deal at Anfield leading to speculation over the 29-year-old’s future.
The midfielder has been strongly mentioned as a target for Barca ever since Ronald Koeman took charge. Mundo Deportivo claimed Koeman had given the green light for the deal and actually ‘endorses’ the transfer.
Sport further backed up those claims. They say the possibility of Wijnaldum arriving at Camp Nou is ‘beginning to take shape’ after Koeman made the signing a ‘priority’.
In fact Koeman’s fellow Dutchman has become a ‘non-negotiable goal’ for the former Everton boss.
And now that deal appears even closer following a big claim made by Algemeen Dagblad.
As per the Rotterdam-based paper, Wijnaldum’s agent is ‘close to an agreement with Barcelona on a deal’.
With personal terms near to being finalised, that would leave Barcelona only needing to negotiate a fee with Liverpool. A price tag of £15m has been mentioned. That would appear a bargain for a player of his standing. But with 12 months left, Liverpool would prefer some kind of fee now rather than lose the player on a free next summer.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Holland’s match against Poland, Wijnaldum was asked about the Barca rumours.
The 29-year-old though refused to give anything away.
“That’s a rumour, I can’t say more about it,” he said.
He added of Koeman after he left his Holland post: “Of course it is a shame that he left, but we are also very happy for him. It can be compared to when you are in such a situation as a player. But we have to move on now.”
Messi gives Barcelona transfer nudge
One man who would reportedly welcome the deal is Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Fresh from confirming his plans to stay at the Nou Camp, Messi has admitted his frustration at how the club is being run.
It’s reported Messi wants to see Barcelona spend their money more wisely. Furthermore, the Argentine seemingly wants to have more say on their transfer targets.
With Wijnaldum set to cost around €20m, that is seemingly one deal Messi would welcome.
Although not commenting on the Liverpool man directly, Messi is clear which direction he wants the club to move to.
Messi told Goal: “I said it at the time that we were not given the support to win the Champions League.
“Actually, now I don’t know what will happen. There is a new coach and new ideas.
“That’s good, but then we have to see how the team responds and whether or not it will give us to compete at the top level.
“What I can say is that I’m staying and I’m going to give my best for Barcelona.”
Further putting the underfire Bartomeu under the microscope while discussing his own future, Messi continued: “I told the club, including the president, that I wanted to go. I’ve been telling him that all year. I believed it was time to step aside.
“I believed the club needed more young players, new players and I thought my time in Barcelona was over. I’d felt very sorry because I always said that I wanted to finish my career here.”