Liverpool are not looking to sell Georginio Wijnaldum despite the club currently not in talks to extend the midfielder’s contract which is due to expire at the end of next season.
Wijnaldum, 29 has entered the final year of his five-year deal which was signed after the Netherland’s international joined the Reds in 2016 for a £25 million fee [BBC].
The former Newcastle United talisman, who turns 30 in November, has been paramount to Liverpool’s recent global dominance over the past 13 months, winning both the Premier League and Champions League.
During those back-to-back winning campaigns, Wijnaldum remarkably missed just four league matches during which Liverpool have recorded an eye-watering 196 points from a possible 228.
Despite having clocked up close to 200 appearances for Liverpool, the Reds have not accelerated their interest in extending Wijnaldum’s deal following recent reports from The Guardian that claimed both parties had held ‘positive talks’ regarding a new contract.
Not in talks
David Ornstein of The Athletic recently claimed that no negotiations have currently taken place and that Liverpool themselves are not looking to sell the multi-functional midfielder.
However, the latest update regarding Wijnaldum’s unresolved contract situation does question the validity of Liverpool’s reported interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, whose playing style is more similar to Wijnaldum’s than any other Reds player.
If Liverpool were to move in for the £30m-rated midfielder then surely Wijnaldum would have to be sold first to warrant the club bringing in a direct replacement for the Dutchman when considering the lack of funds as well as limited space in midfield.
Speaking on the Tifo Podcast’s Ask Ornstein show, Ornstein said:”Wijnaldum is one who we mentioned in my Monday column earlier this year in that it was looking like being the only major question Liverpool would face this summer.
“He’s been so key to them but he’s going into his final 12 months. There are no advanced negotiations over a new contract and he was attracting plenty of interest from other clubs.
“I got a very interesting reaction to that story from many Liverpool fans but it’s proved to be the case because here we are in the summer and nothing has really changed.
“There are no ongoing discussions between Liverpool and Wijnaldum over a new deal. Equally, Liverpool are not actively looking to sell him and Wijnaldum’s not actively looking to leave.
“It appears he’ll go into his final 12 months and as things stand leave as a free agent next summer. We don’t know how things change in this game but that’s the current status.”
Wijnaldum – who earns £75k-a-week according to Spotrac – will return to Liverpool action on Saturday when the team begin their pre-season preparations with the Community Shield clash against Arsenal approaching on August 29.
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