Georginio Wijnaldum ‘cannot deny contact’ with Barcelona over a free transfer this summer as he closes in on three-year deal at the Nou Camp after allowing his Liverpool deal to run down
- Georginio Wijnaldum is closing in a free transfer to Barcelona this summer
- Dutchman has played his last game for Liverpool, with his deal expiring in June
- The 30-year-old’s move to the Nou Camp could be confirmed before Euro 2020
Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly admitted he is in discussions with Barcelona over a summer move once his Liverpool deal expires at the end of June.
Wijnaldum has already opted against penning a new deal at Anfield, claiming he needs a new challenge following five successful years on Merseyside where he has won the Champions League and the Premier League.
Barcelona have been long time admirers of the midfielder and are in pole position to land the Dutchman this summer.
Georginio Wijnaldum has already played his last game for Liverpool with his contract expiring
Wijnaldum is currently with the Holland national team ahead of Euro 2020, but when asked about his links with Barca he was quoted by Marca as saying: ‘I cannot deny the contacts.
‘I have just signed off from Liverpool and it is an interesting situation for many clubs.’
According to the reports, the 30-year-old is ready to commit to a three year deal ending in 2034, which could be announced before the European Championship gets underway on June 11.
Wijnaldum is looking forward to a new challenge following five successful years at Barca
The move could be the first of four key Bosman moves this summer, with Barca keen to land free transfers given their precarious financial predicament.
Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia are expected to arrive from Manchester City, while long term target Memphis Depay is also a main target from Lyon.
Depay and Wijnaldum would be linking up with former Holland boss Ronald Koeman who left the national side to take over at the Nou Camp last summer.
At the Nou Camp he would link up again with former Holland boss Ronald Koeman
Barca look to have seen off interest from Bayern Munich in the race to land Wijnaldum who was close to tears when given a send off in his final game by Reds supporters and team-mates.
The former Newcastle man admitted to ‘fighting back tears’ as he was given a guard of honour and presented with a framed pictured of Liverpool’s Champions Wall of trophies after playing his last game for the club.
‘It’s really special. The fans have sung my name. Week-in, week-out they saw I was giving 100 per cent to give everything for this club,’ he said after the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Wijnaldum said an emotional goodbye in what was his final game for Liverpool
Wijnaldum admitted he had to fight back the tears after being given a send-off by team-mates
‘That’s what the supporters want to see and that’s what they appreciate from me. It is something I’m going to miss.
‘I’m fighting against tears right now. The people in Liverpool have shown me love during the five years. I will miss them, you know.
‘I knew I went to a big club. I remember that I was sitting in the living room and the manager said when I come to Liverpool we would win prizes. I am happy it went that well. It would have been really painful to leave the club without any.
‘We will see what I will do in the next couple of weeks. I will rest a little bit then go to the national team. I will have to look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it.’