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Koeman on Wijnaldum interest

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Ronald Koeman has rued Barcelona missing out on a summer deal for Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutch midfielder has around eight months left remaining on his current contract at Anfield and was being lined up for a reunion with his ex-Netherlands coach at Camp Nou.

However, the Lionel Messi saga eventually ended up rather overshadowing all other business at Barca, who had other more pressing needs to address.

“In my mind, I always assumed that he [Messi] would stay,’Koeman told Algemeen Dagblad in the Netherlands.

“If Messi had left, it would’ve opened up a completely different situation. 

“Our interest in Wijnaldum, in any case, was separate from [Messi]. In general, I think our squad could’ve done with a bit more depth, especially without the ball.

“Gini has great special awareness. He can get into the box fantastically well from the middle of the park. He really could’ve brought something to the team.

“But the club knew the economic situation. [Wijnaldum]’s position was less of a priority in the end than, for example, a right-back or centre-forward.”

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