Barcelona were closely linked with Memphis Depay and Georginio Wjinaldum in the summer window.
Both the players were heavily touted for a move to the Camp Nou and Wjinaldum, more so on account of his price tag and his relative discontentment at Liverpool. As per Mirror, the Blaugrana have renewed their interest in the Dutch midfielder and are now hoping to sign him in the January window.
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Wjinaldum, 30, is yet to sign a contract extension at the Anfield and there has been no clear indication from the Reds expressing their desire to keep him. With the arrival of Thiago, that looks unlikely to happen anyway.
It seems Koeman wants to create a Dutch midfield network at Camp Nou with Frenkie de Jong at the helm and Wjinaldum playing the supporting role. Memphis Depay could be brought in as the striker which would allow Messi to play his natural role at the winger’s position. Either way, the arrival of Wjinaldum can solve a few of Barcelona’s problems.
At least for now, that is.
In the summer window, the price for Wjinaldum was set between 15-20 million pounds but the cash strapped La Liga giants were not in a position to buy him. They now believe that they have made a recovery strong enough to sign Wjinaldum in January. It is likely that the Reds will accept the bid as if they don’t, they risk losing him for free.
The only notable signings for Barcelona in the previous season were Truncao, Pjanic and Dest. The midfield trio of Pjanic, de Jong, and Wjinaldum is a very experienced one most certainly, a threatening one. Busquets can be given the role of a holding midfielder which would allow Frenkie de Jong to play a more attacking role.
Mind you, all these are just speculations.
The January window is still months away but the pace at which the season is proceeding, it’ll be here before we know it. Barcelona have got some testing times to look forward to and they now gear up as they prepare to face Ferencváros in a UEFA Champions League fixture.