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Barcelona will have a hard time signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool this month due to the club’s presidency election, according to a Spanish soccer expert.
Wijnaldum, 30, has been a Reds workhorse since signing from Newcastle United in July 2016. He saw the most playing time of any Anfield midfielder last season when Liverpool won their first title. of the Premier League.
There is no doubt about the importance of the Dutch international for the champions. However, he will lose contract in the summer and is now free to talk to foreign clubs.
Barcelona were linked last summer, with rumors that Ronald Koeman is also looking forward to taking his compatriot to the Camp Nou. But, with the presidential elections scheduled for later this month, it could take a back seat.
Finances will play a role, and the coffers may not open until next summer. Spanish soccer expert Álvaro Montero feels that way, despite the obvious need for defensive reinforcements.
“Ronald Koeman wants Wijnaldum but he also wants Eric Garcia, the Manchester City defender, there is an agreement,” he said. Sky sports.
“They have more problems in that part because with [Gerard] I hammered injured, with [Clement] Lenglet in that situation and [Samuel] Umtiti Also injured for many, many weeks, they need a player like Eric Garcia.
“If it is not in January, we have said for some time here that it is safe for next summer.”
Wijnaldum and Reds are not on the same page
Wijnaldum has stated that he prefers to stay in Merseyside. But there is a considerable gap between the contract you want and what Liverpool is willing to offer.
The impasse shows no signs of abating at the moment and there are concerns that the Dutchman will leave. The uncertainty about Barca’s finances and who might be in control may well be a saving grace.
It would give the Premier League table players some breathing space to reach an agreement. Montero hinted that a move for the talented schemer is possible this month, but the smart money is next summer.
“With Wijnaldum, the main problem is the economic situation in Barcelona due to this coronavirus crisis,” he added. “So when the new president arrived, say for example Laporta on January 24, if he asked Koeman if he wants Wijnaldum, maybe they will try.
“But I think the economic situation is going to make it very, very difficult for Barcelona.”
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