Liverpool playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly told his close friends that he is keen on to make switch to Barcelona when his contract at Anfield expires.
The ex-Newcastle United midfielder has not reached an agreement with the Premier League giants over a new contract, with Michael Edwards believed to not planning to meet players wage demands.
Wijnaldum has been strongly linked with a switch to Camp Nou as the clock ticks on his time at Anfield, although sources claimthat Lionel Messi’s preference for the team to promote academy prospects could scupper a move.
However, The Mirror suggests that Wijnaldum still sees his future in La Liga, and the move appeals to a cash-strapped Catalan giants as he would arrive as a free agent ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The report adds that the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi – who is supposedly set to remain at the club – has convinced the 30-year-old to finalise a move to Barcelona, and he can believed to reunite with compatriot Memphis Depay, who is also on the radar of Ronald Koeman.
Wijnaldum has played 43 games for Jurgen Klopp’s team across all competitions this season, and the Merseyside Reds are rumoured to have earmarked Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga as a potential replacement.