Barcelona ‘plot swoop for Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in January’ as Ronald Koeman chases Premier League pair cheaply available with contracts expiring next summer
- Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijamdum will be out of contract at Anfield next summer
- Manchester City defender Eric Garcia can also speak with other teams in January
- Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman admits that there is interest for Wijnaldum
- Lyon winger Memphis Depay is another player Barça could pick up on the cheap
Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia in January.
The Premier League duo will be out of contract next summer and Ronald Koeman is keen to pursue deals for both players in the upcoming transfer window, despite no transfers taking place in the summer.
Koeman teamed up with Wijnaldum while manager of the Dutch national team, while Garcia was previously at Barça, and Barcelona, which lost £ 88 million this year, are keen to chase deals for the pair, according to the mirror.
Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is still attracting interest from LaLiga club Barcelona
The Catalans are also keeping an eye on Eric Garcia’s contract situation at Manchester City
Ronald Koeman even confirmed the interest this weekend with the words: ‘Our interest in Wijnaldum is great.
“ I wanted to bring him here in the summer because he has the ability to make fantastic runs from midfield and appear in the box at the right times.
‘I am convinced that he can really add something to the team. But the financial situation of Barcelona was known to his club.
‘There is certainly a chance that we will go for Garcia again. “But at the moment I can’t know what the club’s finances are like in January, so we have to wait and see.”
The LaLiga club were also interested in Memphis Depay in Lyon over the summer – and Koeman admitted a deal for the former Manchester United man was close.
Lyon’s Memphis Depay was close to Barca over the summer, but a deal fell through
All three players will be out of contracts next summer and Barcelona could take advantage of their contract situation by signing them up cheaply.
“Everything was ready, but because of the La Liga rules, we knew we had to sell before we could sign our targets,” added Koeman of Depay.
In the end it was not possible. It was disappointing, but Memphis knew what the situation was at Barça. ‘