Big transfer news broke this morning regarding Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona are expected to submit their first official bid for the Netherland’s international in the next few days.

The news comes shortly after reports from The Mirror which claim that the Reds are prepared to take a £10 million loss on the player they signed from Newcastle United in 2016 with Liverpool’s valuation for Wijnaldum set at £15 million.

Barcelona had hoped of landing Wijnaldum for £10 million who is currently in the final year of his contract with Liverpool.

Holland v Poland -UEFA Nations league

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 4: (L-R) Georginio Wijnaldum of Holland, Sebastian Szymanski of Poland during the UEFA Nations league match between Holland v Poland at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on September 4, 2020 in Amsterdam Netherlands (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Wijnaldum, 29, is reportedly keen on the prospect of joining the Catalonia giants although Liverpool are reluctant to sell one of their star players at any stage during the summer window.

Romano’s update follows news from reputable Liverpool journalist James Pearce who adds that despite no active talks regarding contractual matters between the player and Liverpool, Wijnaldum is not pushing for a move away from Anfield.

Speaking during The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, Pearce 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…”

 

Romano also claims that if Liverpool were to sell Wijnaldum then it will open a direct path for Jurgen Klopp to pursue a deal for Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Press Conference, The Netherlands - Wijnaldum

ZEIST, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 3: Georginio Wijnaldum gestures during a press conference of the Dutch team prior to the match between The Netherlands and Poland on september 3, 2020 in Zeist, Netherlands. (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)”n

How close are Barcelona to getting the ball rolling?

While there does not appear to be any agreement as of yet or even more tellingly a clear example of direct communication between Barcelona and Liverpool, Wijnaldum still remains committed to the immediate task at hand.

Liverpool are just a week away from beginning their Premier League defence Leeds United at Anfield next Saturday and it is very likely that Klopp will have immediate plans to start Wijnaldum given the injury status’ of Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wijnaldum is still currently away on international duty with Holland following the team’s 1-0 victory against Poland on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.

The Liverpool midfielder is expected to start under caretaker coach Dwight Lodeweges during the national side’s fixture against Italy tomorrow night before flying back to Merseyside to finalise preparations for the Reds’ inaugural PL fixture of the season just days later.

Liverpool supporters shouldn’t get too drawn into the ongoing speculation as the club’s transfer board have more than vindicated themselves in the past that they know what they are doing when it comes to player incomings and outgoings.

Even in the case when Emre Can left as a free agent, Liverpool were quick to identify a replacement in the form of Fabinho and the club have never looked back since.

While Liverpool indeed will hope that Wijnaldum will stay as well as eventually extend his current deal if the worst-case scenario arises and Wijnaldum leaves, the club won’t be short of a viable number of replacements.

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