Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he wanted to sign Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool this summer, but the Spanish club were not able to finance a deal.
Speaking to Dutch site Algemeen Dagblad, via Football Oranje, Koeman has explained why he was keen on the Reds midfielder, who could be available on a free transfer next summer unless he signs a new contract at Anfield.
Koeman said: “Gini has a great sense of space, he can get to the goal fantastically well from midfield, he could really add something to the team.
“But the financial situation was known to the club. His position ultimately had less priority than, for example, the right-back or the striker position.”
Barcelona ended up signing right-back Sergino Dest from Ajax, central midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus and winger Trincao from Braga.
They also wanted to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay, but again, their financial situation meant that was not possible.
Koeman confirmed he will try to sign Memphis again in January, adding: “That is certainly a possibility, yes. I will try, because I would like to have him.
“But now I can not estimate what the financial situation of the club will be in January
[Rodgers], and from players like Stevie [Gerrard].”
“That remains to be seen.”
Barcelona could arrange with Wijnaldum a contract that would see him move to Spain for free next summer from January onwards, with no talks over a new deal on Merseyside having taken place to date.