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Liverpool's Wijnaldum pre-contract deal with Barcelona

New president at the Camp Nou, Joan Laporta, has reportedly tied up his first signing of his second spell at the Catalan club, a key player for Ronald Koeman.

Wijnaldum pacta su marcha al Barça

Newly appointed president at FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, is continuing to plan Barça's squad for next season and in addition to making contact with Alaba and Haaland, he appears to have concluded the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum to swap Anfield for Camp Nou

The Sunday Times reports that the Liverpool midfielder has decided not to renew his contract with Liverpool, one that expires this summer, and has signed a pre-contract with Laporta to become the first signing of his second spell as president.

Wijnaldum will arrive in Barcelona as a free transfer and will finally fulfil Ronald Koeman’s wish, with the manager keen to bring in his compatriot as soon as he arrived at Barcelona last August.

The Dutchman would arrive in LaLiga at the age of 30 and after proving himself a key player at Liverpool this season. So far he has featured for Jürgen Klopp's side in 40 games across all competitions and has scored three goals. Arguably this would have been considerably less had The Reds not been hit so hard with injuries in defence and midfield this year, and that may well have been the player’s thinking ahead of next season.

For their part, the recruitment team at the Premier League club are already making their own plans and have been looking for his replacement for some time. The 26-year-old Argentine, Rodrigo de Paul, currently impressing at Udinese in Serie A, is one to have caught the eye.