Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Gini WIjnaldum, as the Dutchman’s contract continues to wind down. Wijnaldum has reportedly been offered a bumper new contract at Anfield as he approaches the end of his current deal.
Liverpool are running out of time to extend Wijnaldum’s contract.
The Dutchman is free to talk to new clubs in January and sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
The Reds are determined to avoid that happening, and have apparently offered him a new three-year contract.
The proposed offer will apparently see him earn a significant wage increase from his current deal, though he is yet to sign.
And Madrid could be about to take advantage of his situation and swoop in with a bid of their own, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona were tipped to make a move for Wijnaldum in the previous transfer window, and the arrival of Thiago Alcantara on Merseyside did little to squash those rumours.
The Spaniard joined from Bayern Munich and appeared to be ready to take Wijnaldum’s place in the middle of midfield.
However, Jurgen Klopp decided to keep the 30-year-old at Anfield in spite of his contract situation.
But the Reds boss might not have the chance to stop him from leaving if Madrid or Barca come knocking in January, as they’ll be able to agree a pre-contract agreement with him.
Spanish outlet SPORT claims Madrid and Barcelona will battle it out for his signature once they are able to discuss terms with him and his representatives.
Zinedine Zidane oversaw a quiet summer transfer window this year and didn’t make any senior first-team signings, and is believed to be waiting for next year before testing the waters for both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
But he is said to be concerned about the quality of his central midfield options, and therefore sees Wijnaldum as a cheap fix.
Speaking recently while away on international duty, Wijnaldum refused to give anything away over his future and opted not to say if he had been offered a new deal by Liverpool.
“I can’t say anything about that,” he said.
“Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?
“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”
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