Ronald Koeman reportedly wants Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to the Camp Nou.
Wijnaldum’s contract with Liverpool expires next season and Koeman wants to sign the midfielder whom he managed in the Dutch international team.
According to Algemeen Dagblad, the 29-year old is pretty high on Koeman’s wishlist and he would have a big decision to make if the Blaugrana offers him a long-term contract.
Ronald Koeman is expected to begin a major club overhaul over their staff and players after they were humiliated in the Champions League 8-2 by Bayern Munich.
“It’s a proud day. To have the chance to coach Barça is not an easy task because it is very demanding but I like that,” he said. “We will work hard to strengthen the team, make changes and put Barça where they belong.
“We are still the biggest club in the world and to be coach is a dream come true. As I’m Dutch, I like to have the ball and control it. To play good football.
“I have been a coach for a long time and I have learned a lot. I am ready to coach Barça at the highest level. Football is to be enjoyed and that is the first thing I will say to my players. If you don’t enjoy yourself, you won’t get the best out of yourself.
“We will have to look to have the strongest squad possible and try to do the best for the club and the team. From today we will get to work and if decisions have to be made, we will make them.
“In general, what has to change is that the team has to play with more intensity. What I most value in a player is the desire he has to move forward. I only want to work with people who want to move forward and give everything for Barça.
“I think it is the moment to give opportunities to the young players who deserve it. We are not afraid, if they are can prove they are up for it. I think they have quality but it is also true that you have to have balance.”