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Koeman: I wanted to sign Wijnaldum for Barcelona - but Laporta just wanted to annoy me

Published on: 23 September 2022

Former Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says a deal for Gini Wijnaldum was blocked last year.

Koeman wanted to sign the Holland midfielder as he was leaving Liverpool, however ended up joining PSG.

He recalled to AD: "I tried to sign Wijnaldum for Barça, but I failed because the president (Joan Laporta) wanted to annoy me more than bring in a player.

"It delayed the operation and for that reason he chose PSG. Otherwise he would have played for Barcelona."

Wijnaldum is currently on-loan at Roma.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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