Ronald Koeman’s hopes of bringing Gini Wijnaldum to Barcelona are crushed.
The Liverpool midfielder has taken a decision to remain with the Reds for now – and wants to sign a brand new contract at Anfield. This comes as quite a blow for Koeman, who was relentlessly pursuing Wijnaldum till now.
However, it has also been revealed that Wijnaldum’s transfer was not preferred by the higher authorities at Barcelona.
In news of Thiago Alcantara’s transfer, Barcelona have now turned their sights on the Bayern Munich midfielder and Liverpool target – whose move looks more likely.
“I have not said at any time that I am leaving,” said Thiago.
“Every year you put me in a different team.
“I am on the sidelines, my future is tomorrow’s game right now. I neither care nor am I interested in what I know I talked.”
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has backed Thiago’s transfer to Liverpool.
“The perfect time to sign players is when they do not have to be an instant hit but can be gradually introduced,” Souness wrote in The Times .
“So I am disappointed that Liverpool haven’t done so while they are reigning Premier League and world champions.
“That worked well with the likes of Fabinho and Robertson, who came to the fore after spending several months learning the system and could bed in without the spotlight being on them.
“That was classic Liverpool when I played there and classic Manchester United for over more than 20 years under Sir Alex Ferguson – to strengthen from a position of power.”