Georginio Wijnaldum has finally sealed his move to Barcelona after penning a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish giants, according to reports. The 30-year-old’s future has been shrouded with uncertainty for some time, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.
The Liverpool midfielder is set to become the first signing of Joan Laporta’s second spell as Barca president after the 58-year-old was elected to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu earlier this month.
Wijnaldum has been able to negotiate a free transfer with foreign clubs since the turn of the year, with the Catalan outfit at the forefront of the speculation over his potential destination.
Ronald Koeman, who managed the midfielder during his stint as Netherlands boss, is known to be a huge fan of the player, identifying him as a priority target immediately upon his arrival at Barca in August.
He was interested in signing Wijnaldum during pre-season, but the club were prevented from securing his services by their ongoing financial difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it seems as though Koeman will get his wish at the end of the season, with Wijnaldum’s move to the Nou Camp already signed and sealed according to Duncan Castles of the Sunday Times.