Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is expected to push his club to make a formal approach for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to the Times journalist Paul Joyce.
The reliable reporter, who is now seen as the most trusted insider source for Reds news, claims that Barca have yet to make contact with the Merseyside club about the Dutchman but Koeman wants a “firm enquiry” to be made soon.
It is believed he wants to take advantage of Wijnaldum‘s contract situation in order to sign him for a modest fee, with the pair having worked closely together during their time with the Netherlands.
The 29-year-old has reached an impasse with Liverpool in regards to a new deal, and it is thought that the Reds would be prepared to offload him in order to finance their move for Thiago Alcantara.
Reports in Norway suggest that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has actually held talks with the Spaniard over a possible move to Old Trafford, and Liverpool may want to accelerate negotiations soon for the Bayern Munich star in order to ward off interest from the Red Devils and other teams.