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Liverpool ignore key Wijnaldum demand but offer fresh contract incentive

Liverpool have reportedly tabled a new contract offer to Georginio Wijnaldum with a fresh incentive but ignoring the midfielder's key demand.

Talks between both parties have been ongoing for some time but are currently at an impasse with Wijnaldum's deal due to expire in June.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to retain the Dutchman's services but Liverpool are reluctant to give the 30-year-old the four-year extension he is requesting.

So far in negotiations The Reds have only been prepared to stretch to three years, and it appears club chiefs are unwilling to bend on that further.

However, according to Calciomercato , Liverpool have made allowances in their latest offering in a bid to tempt Wijnaldum into staying at Anfield.

The Italian publication reports a new deal has been put on the table by Liverpool with a salary worth £115,000 per week.

That is a significant raise on Wijnaldum's current weekly wage of £75,000, which Liverpool hope will be enough to seal the deal.

Wijnaldum was pushing for a bump in salary anyway, and this agreement would bring him closer in line with Liverpool's other midfield stars.

Liverpool are keen for Wijnaldum to put pen to paper before the January window opens as he will be able to discuss pre-contract terms with clubs from foreign countries.

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Two clubs have already expressed an interest in snapping him up on a free next summer.

Inter Milan have emerged as contenders for his signature, as well as Barcelona – the latter of whom are managed by Wijnaldum's former international boss Ronald Koeman.

If Wijnaldum's contract standoff is not resolved by January, Liverpool may well be forced to cut their losses and sell him before the window slams shut.

The reigning Premier League champions have shown shrewd acumen in the market in recent years and will not be keen to let their player go without recouping anything in return.

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