Football transfer rumours: Wijnaldum and Depay to join Barcelona?

Football transfer rumours: Wijnaldum and Depay to join Barcelona?


little under two years since he left Goodison Park to a chorus of boos, big Ronnie Koeman is back in club management – and causing consternation on Merseyside again. Koeman wants Gini Wijnaldum to leave Liverpool and link up with his compatriot Frenkie de Jong, giving Barcelona something approaching a midfield again. Dutch outlet AD have even claimed that Koeman has told Wijnaldum not to sign a new contract with his Anfield deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Koeman wants to bring those feel-good Dutch vibes back to the Camp Nou, with Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Lyon winger Memphis Depay also on his wish list. Lyon are in for a busy summer; according to L’Equipe, Arsenal have offered cash and one shop-soiled Matteo Guendouzi in a bid for Houssem Aouar. Meanwhile, another Gunners target – Lille defender Gabriel – is the subject of last-minute interest from Manchester United and PSG.

Joining Guendouzi at the taxi rank outside the Emirates is Ainsley Maitland-Niles – although he may not be going far with José Mourinho keen on bringing the versatile defender to Tottenham. Mourinho is also lining up a loan move for young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster; this is all a little too sensible for our liking. Hang on, what’s this? Sources in Spain claim Mourinho wants to end Gareth Bale’s £500,000-per-week golfing holiday at Real Madrid by bringing the Welshman home. Much better!

Frank Lampard has surveyed Chelsea’s shonky defence and decided to buy another winger and sell a centre-back. The winger in question is Juve’s Federico Bernardeschi, while defender Fikayo Tomori could be off to Rennes. On the other side of London, West Ham could move Jack Wilshere on this summer and face a fight to keep hold of Felipe Anderson. The Hammers are keeping tabs on Sampdoria defender Omar Colley, who is also on the radars of Newcastle and Celtic.

Wolves are prepared to listen to offers for Adama Traoré, who could fetch up to £70m and has caught the eye of Manchester City, Liverpool and just about everyone else. Nuno Espírito Santo could use some of that wedge to bring in Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré and Almería forward Darwin Núñez, who is available for £14m. The tricky Uruguayan is also a target for Brighton, Benfica, Sheffield United and Southampton.

Speaking of which, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has realised he can’t rely on Danny Ings to score half their goals again next season, and is hoping to prise Danny Welbeck away from Watford, who are also set to lose Gerard Deulofeu, probably to Milan. Hasenhüttl is also keen to take a chance on Jack Butland, now being offered around by Stoke for just £8m. Southampton would prefer a straight swap, with current No 2 Angus Gunn going the other way.

In other news, Manchester United misfit Andreas Pereira looks set to join Benfica or Valencia, while Leeds are working on an ambitious move for Valencia forward Rodrigo. Fulham have sealed a £1.9m move for Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson, and Florian Thauvin could get another shot at the Premier League with Leicester and Aston Villa both interested.