Georginio Wijnaldum: Barcelona boss Koeman admits he wanted to sign Liverpool midfielder

Georginio Wijnaldum: Barcelona boss Koeman admits he wanted to sign Liverpool midfielder

- Georginio Wijnaldum was heavily wanted by Barcelona boss Koeman

- The 57-year-old was hired as a replacement for Quique Setien earlier in the summer

- The Dutchman made his compatriot one of his top targets for the Catalans who suffered a humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in August

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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has confessed that Georginio Wijnaldum was part of his targets when he newly arrived at Camp Nou.

The Dutchman replaced Quique Setien earlier in the summer as the Catalans hope to rebuild their squad after their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last term.

Barca already completed the signing of Sergino Dest, Trincao, Miralem Pjianic and a few others during the summer window.

However, his quest to lure Memphis Deepay and Wijnaldum to the Spanish League outfit failed to materialise as they failed to raise money for the deal.

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New rule claims they must sell players before making plans to buy new ones having being left cash-crunched due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Though, Koeman might have to make another move for his countryman whose deal with the Reds expire next summer when the January transfer window opens.

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The Mirror confirms that the midfielder is yet to agree to a new deal with the Premier League champions, and this could give the 57-year-old the chance to launch another bid

“He [Wijnaldum] was on my list. We hope to have a second Dutchman in the squad.”

Koeman also rubbishes plans to dominate Barcelona with players from his home country during his two-year reign with the club.

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Georginio Wijnaldum: Barcelona boss Koeman admits he wanted to sign Liverpool midfielder

Georginio Wijnaldum enjoying a bicycle ride while on international duty with the Dutch national team. Getty Images.
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“That was extreme. There were eight or nine then. Now we have De Jong and then Alfred Schreuder on the coaching staff with me.”

Wijnaldum is also uncertain about his future at Anfield having failed to sign a new deal with less than 12 months to the expiration of the current one. He said while on international duty:

"I don’t think [the Barcelona interest] was that serious, otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened.
“There was nothing concrete. I didn’t have to think about it. I will stay on [with Liverpool] it looks like now. My contract will run for another 10 months. It could still change, of course you never know that in football. So we'll see.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United could complete the signing of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele when the January transfer window opens.

The Red Devils failed in their pursuit to land the Frenchman this summer - an alternative for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

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However, all hope is not lost for the Premier League outfit as the Catalans are still open to offloading the World Cup winner.

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