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Barcelona issued conditional ban that could prevent them from signing Liverpool star

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By Nikhil Vinod

La Liga ban Barcelona from moving for Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum 

Liverpool have been one of the strongest teams in Europe over the last couple of seasons. And the stock of all the players within Jurgen Klopp’s squad have been on the rise.

One player who deserves massive plaudits for the contributions he’s made over the last few campaigns is Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Not only has the former Newcastle United man made a place for himself in the first-team, but the general quality that he bring is also an important part of the Reds’ midfield setup.

Barcelona’s interest in signing the Dutchman this summer has been well-documented, as has been reported by the Mirror. Newly-appointed Catalan boss Ronald Koeman has identified the Liverpool man as a primary transfer target, as he looks to impart his identity onto the Blaugrana.

Wijnaldum is in the final year of his contract
Wijnaldum is in the final year of his contract

Having worked with the midfielder in the past during his time with the Dutch national side, Koeman’s desire to bring his trusted lieutenant to the Nou Camp is completely understandable. Despite the heavy links, La Liga has seemingly intervened in the situation and come as deterrent to the Spanish side’s plans. Mirror

It has been claimed that all Spanish club are operating under strict COVID-19 guidelines, which extends to the financial aspect of the game too. With Barcelona struggling to keep up with the situation, the league’s hierarchy have reportedly banned them from moving for any further signings, unless they can generate money through player sales. 

They will also be forced to pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government as well, having received aid during the financial crisis.

Georginio Wijnaldum shares a close bond with Klopp
Barcelona will be unable to sign Wijnaldum

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Barcelona have to deal with a mammoth £510m-a-year wage bill, which would be a concerning number for any of the biggest clubs in the world. 

Although personal terms have reportedly been agreed between Barcelona and Wijnaldum, he started in the recent league win against Chelsea, raising further questions about the actual situation at hand.