Transfer update: Pogba, Wijnaldum and Aarons latest
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly keen on staying at Anfield, with the Dutchman’s future the subject of intense speculation. His current contract is due to expire at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal have been far from simple.
Liverpool are said to be reluctant to offer Wijnaldum a long-term deal after the midfielder turned 30 in November but, according to a report from 90min, Wijnaldum wants an offer he feels reflects his importance to the club.
The player is now able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs which could see him to leave for free at the end of the season.
He remains a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, featuring in every single Premier League game so far and the German does not want him to leave.
“I would be happy if he would stay here,” Klopp recently said. “I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups.”
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There is an offer on the table from Liverpool which Wijnaldum is currently considering, with a source telling 90min: “The player has given a lot to Liverpool and just wants a contract that lives up to his billing.
“He is not asking to be the highest paid player at the club, but he is one of their key players and he feels that should be recognised to a certain extent.”
Barcelona have been heavily linked with the midfielder, with Wijnaldum’s former national team boss Ronald Koeman currently in charge at the Nou Camp, while Inter Milan and Wolves have also been mooted as potential destinations.
The report also claims that Chelsea and Manchester City could make a move for the Dutchman if he decides to leave.
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Former Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock believes the Reds could struggle to replace Wijnaldum if he does leave, telling Stadium Astro: “One hundred per cent I would [keep him].
“To go into the market and buy someone like Gini Wijnaldum you’re looking at £50m-£60m.
“Do Liverpool have the finances to do that after the pandemic? I don’t think they do.
“They’ve obviously bought Thiago into the squad as well.
“But one thing you would say is when Liverpool bought in Naby Keita, bought in Fabinho, everyone thought that was the end of Wijnaldum.
“Wijnaldum’s game lifted hugely, showed his importance, we all remember his key role coming off the bench in the Barcelona game.
“He was outstanding in the Champions League final and he is Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man in the midfield.”
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