Georginio Wijnaldum’s transfer to Barcelona faces a problem, with Ronald Koeman having to ‘sell the flop Miralem Pjanic to free up space BEFORE closing a deal for the Liverpool midfielder’
- Barcelona will reportedly have to sell before they can sign Georginio Wijnaldum
- Ronald Koeman wants to sign the Liverpool star, but must first free up space
- He will sell Miralem Pjanic to pave the way for Wijnaldum
- The Liverpool star is supposed to drop his deal, so he joins Barca for free
Barcelona will reportedly have to release Miralem Pjanic before signing Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfielder is believed to have set his sights on coming to Barcelona this summer and will expire the final months of his contract with Liverpool to seal a free transfer there.
Former Holland boss Ronald Koeman has made no secret of his admiration for the 30-year-old and has identified him as a key target to improve his midfield, but Wijnaldum may have to wait for Barcelona to trim his squad before signing with them.
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to sign for Barcelona for free this summer
According to SportKoeman will have to fire a midfielder to make room for Wijnaldum and will want to sell Pjanic to do so.
The Barcelona manager does not want to lose any of the club’s young talent in midfield and will instead try to move on to Pjanic, despite only taking him on a year ago.
The Bosnian playmaker signed for Barça from Juventus in a trade deal with Arthur Melo, but struggled for form in Spain without goals or assists in 28 appearances this season.
Reports claim that Pjanic has sparked interest from several teams in France and Italy, while Barcelona would be confident to help him move forward.
Ronald Koeman must ‘shorten his team’ and free up space before he can sign Wijnaldum
His departure could then pave the way for the LaLiga giants to finally close a deal for Wijnaldum at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp still has hope that Wijnaldum will stay with the club, but that looks increasingly unlikely.
However, the Liverpool mainstay was closed as he pressed on his future earlier this week, telling Dutch outlet NOS: ‘They will always talk about these things, but as I have said on other occasions, I still have no news.
‘They say this in the media, but I have no news. If anything, I’ll talk about it, but it isn’t. ‘
Barcelona will try to sell Miralem Pjanic, despite only signing him for Juventus last summer