Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman wants Wijnaldum to snub new Liverpool contract

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly looking to sign Georginio Wijnaldum, with the midfielder yet to sign a new Liverpool contract.

The 29-year-old's current deal is due to expire next year and Koeman, who managed Wijnaldum with the Dutch national team, wants to make him his first signing at the Nou Camp, according to Algemeen Dagblad.

Koeman is expected to oversee a major rebuilding job at Barcelona and Wijnaldum is one of a number of Dutch players linked with the club.

Speaking to the club's official website after signing a two-year deal as Barcelona boss, Koeman admitted he will have to "work hard to strengthen the team" and Wijnaldum could be one of those new additions.

"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.

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"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."

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