Duncan Castles has been speaking on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast, where he revealed Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has signed a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona.
A transfer fee couldn’t be agreed between Barca and the reigning Premier League champions, however, and Wijnaldum has gone on to play a key role for the Reds this season, featuring in every league game for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
The 30-year-old’s current deal with the Reds runs out in a few months’ time, though, leaving him free to commit his future to another side and according to Castles, Wijnaldum has done just that.
He said: “Information I have from Barcelona is that the deal is now agreed. He has signed a pre-contract with the club and he will be a Barcelona player in the summer, which I think is important.
“It’s a signal of their faith in [Ronald] Koeman, whose position was in doubt when the presidential elections started, and who’s, I think, gained the faith of [Joan] Laporta with recent results and the way he’s handled Lionel Messi.”
TIF Thoughts on Wijnaldum…
Wijnaldum has enjoyed five very successful seasons at Anfield, winning the Champions League and the Premier League during his time with the club.
Nevertheless, the draw of playing for a club with a status like Barcelona’s is arguably huge for any footballer, and at 30, Wijnaldum may feel this is his last chance to play for another European superclub.