Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum lifts lid on Barcelona transfer interest

Georginio Wijnaldum has explained how close he was to leaving Liverpool for Barcelona this summer after Ronald Koeman went in pursuit of his fellow Dutchman.

Koeman was appointed Quique Setien’s successor at Barcelona after they underwent their first trophyless season in 12 years.

The ex-Everton boss was considering doing some of his shopping back on Merseyside – but this time in the red half.

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With Thiago Alcantara arriving at Anfield from Bayern Munich, it was thought one midfielder may have to have been moved on.

Wijnaldum looked the more likely as interest from Barcelona grew.

However, the 29-year-old claims he never had to make a decision about his future because the rumours were never followed up with any significant approach.

“You know the situation – between me, Gini and the club, everything is fine.

“Since Gini is here I have had 500 or 600 talks with him.

“Of course I’ve spoken to him since he came back from international duty. But that’s all.”

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