According to the ever-reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona will send their medical staff to the Netherlands to complete Georginio Wjinaldum’s medical, as the summer transfer window swings open on the first day of June. The Dutchman will move to Camp Nou for free from Liverpool and will have a contract until 2024.
Wjinaldum has been linked with Barça for almost a year now, and Ronald Koeman wanted his arrival last summer, too, along with Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia. However, the club’s delicate financial situation meant that none of the transfers could be completed.
After spending four seasons at Liverpool, winning UEFA Champions League and Premier League, ‘Gini’ is set to move to La Liga. He was an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s formidable squad. Moreover, he was one of the mainstays in Koeman’s Netherlands National team.
Barcelona have themselves been on the receiving end of Wjinaldum’s brilliance, as he scored a brace against them in the dreadful 4-0 loss of the UCL second leg. In what has been an injury-ridden season at Anfield, the former PSV midfielder made an appearance in all of Liverpool’s UCL and PL matches. He accumulated more than 3000 minutes for the Reds through the course of the season.
Barça have seemed to lack an authoritative runner in the midfield in the recent past; who knows, Wjinaldum might slot perfectly into that role. Koeman has been pushing for the move ever since he arrived in Catalonia. It would be interesting to see how the Dutchman will lineup with his national teammate Frenkie De Jong, especially given that the latter has been playing in an advance role as well.
Things are moving quite fast in Barcelona currently. The club is expected to complete other free signings too. Eric Garcia and Emerson have also confirmed their potential moves. If all things go to plan, Barça can complete five signings in a matter of just a few days.
Contractual situations of many players, including heavyweights such as Sergio Busquests, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, could also be resolved in the coming days. The board plans to impose another pay cut to ease the rising financial burden. It’s gonna be one very long summer for the Catalan giants.