Sources from Liverpool say there have been no discussions regarding the potential sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to Barcelona, claims Neil Jones of Goal.
Wijnaldum, 29, has been persistently linked with an Anfield exit in recent weeks following the Dutchman’s ongoing contractual uncertainty with the club.
Reports from Spain this morning claimed that Wijnaldum had already ‘agreed on terms’ with Barcelona who have recently appointed Wijnaldum’s former international coach Ronald Koeman to take charge at the Camp Nou.
However, Jones claims that despite reports from Spanish publication SPORT, Liverpool sources maintain there has been no contact at all with Barcelona regarding a potential €15 million deal.
Liverpool sources say there has been no contact at all with Barcelona over Gini Wijnaldum, despite reports in Spain suggesting a €15m deal was on the cards. #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 2, 2020
Wijanldum’s current contract at Liverpool is set to expire in 2021 and there have been no developments regarding a new deal with a number of issues between the player and club regarding the length of an extension.
James Pearce of The Athletic also backed Jones’ claim following reports that Wijnaldum is very-much happy at Anfield and has showcased no intent to seek a move away.
Speaking on the Red Agenda podcast, he said: “Wijnaldum couldn’t agree on a deal last season, there are no active talks at the moment.
“He hasn’t done anything to push for a move so far, Liverpool are not actively looking to sell but you got the Koeman factor at Barcelona we know how close they are…”
Pearce’s colleague Simon Hughes also commented on the matter claiming that Wijnaldum’s age puts the former Newcastle United star in a difficult position to negotiate fresh terms on a new deal.
Hughes said: “The player [Wijnaldum] is at a tricky age to be negotiating for, he’s 29. From what I was told the player wanted 4 years, and the contract that he’s being offered is a bit shorter than that.”
Despite contrasting reports, we’re backing the experts that the ball firmly remains in Liverpool’s court. If they want to keep Wijnaldum then the club will have to offer the player an offer he cannot refuse.
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