Barcelona feel they can beat the drums of war once again as they soon to sign that Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool prior to the next transfer deadline on October 5.
The Blaugrana pointed out the Dutch midfielder as a top target in the current window.
There is the likelihood that Wijnaldum could make a transfer away from Anfield as he has entered the final 12 months of his contract on Merseyside.
Premier League champions Liverpool have not been keen on making contract extensions, leaving players open to transfer offers.
The Reds are understandably reluctant to lose the 29-year-old as a free agent and could find themselves being backed into a corner.
Ronald Koeman is determined to prise a player he knows well from Jurgen Klopp’s clutches, with the new Barcelona boss having worked with Wijnaldum during his time in charge of the Netherlands national side.
He has asked the Blaugrana board to deliver him the midfielder’s signature, with reinforcements required at Camp Nou heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
No offer has been put to Liverpool as yet, but that is because Barca need to move players out before bringing others in.
Ivan Rakitic has already departed their midfield ranks, with Arturo Vidal expected to follow.
Luis Suarez is another big earner that the Liga giants are looking to offload, with the Uruguayan striker being heavily linked with a switch to Serie A giants Juventus.
The player himself has remained coy on the transfer talk he is generating, telling reporters ahead of the Netherlands’ UEFA Nations League clash against Poland: “It’s a rumour, I have nothing to say about it.”