Barcelona ‘plot swoop for Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in January’ as Ronald Koeman looks to exploit their contract situations by sealing cut-price deals for the Premier League pair
- Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijamdum is out of contract at Anfield next summer
- Manchester City defender Eric Garcia can also speak to other teams in January
- Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman admits that there is interest there for Wijnaldum
- Lyon winger Memphis Depay is another player Barca could pick up on the cheap
The Premier League pair are out of contract next summer and Ronald Koeman is keen to pursue deals for both players in the upcoming transfer window, despite transfers not materialising in the summer.
Koeman worked with Wijnaldum when he was manager of the Dutch national team, whilst Garcia was formerly at Barcelona. The LaLiga giants made a £88million loss this year and are keen to pursue deals for the pair on the cheap as part of Koeman’s rebuild plans, according to the Mirror.
Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is still attracting interest from LaLiga club Barcelona
The Catalans are also keeping an eye on Eric Garcia’s contract situation at Manchester City
In fact, Koeman confirmed the interest this weekend, saying: ‘Our interest for Wijnaldum is strong.
‘I wanted to bring him here in the summer because he has the ability to make fantastic runs from midfield and turn up in the box at the right moments.
‘I am convinced he can really add something to the team. But the financial situation of Barcelona was known at his club.
‘There is a chance for sure that we are going to have another go for Garcia. ‘But right now I cannot know how the finances of the club are in January, so I have to wait and see.’
Lyon’s Memphis Depay was close to joining Barca in the summer but a deal fell through
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is trying to rebuild the squad without spending vast amounts
The LaLiga club were also interested in Lyon’s Memphis Depay in the summer – and Koeman admitted a deal for the former Manchester United man was close.
All three players are out of contract next summer and Barcelona could capitalise on their contracts situation by signing them on cut-price deals.
‘Everything was ready, but because of the La Liga rules we knew we had to sell first before we could sign our targets,’ Koeman added about Depay.
‘In the end it was not possible. It was disappointing, but Memphis knew how the situation was at Barca.’