The future developments of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could take speed in the coming days amid the latest reports from journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Romano claims that Barcelona are in the advanced stages regarding the signing of Lyon striker Memphis Depay who has agreed on personal terms with the Catalonia giants although a final agreement between the two teams are yet to be finalised.
This could accelerate links with Depay’s international teammate Wijnaldum who has also been persistently linked with a move to the Camp Nou.
According to Romano, Barca are currently negotiating with Wijnaldum’s agents although the club are still yet to submit an opening bid to Liverpool.
Memphis Depay have agreed personal terms with Barcelona after contacts started days ago. But final agreement is still to be reached between Barça and OL – talks ongoing.
Barça are negotiating also with Wijnaldum agents – no opening bid to Liverpool yet. 🔵🔴 #FCB #LFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 9, 2020
Melissa Reddy of the Independent recently broke the news that Jurgen Klopp and Wijnaldum were scheduled to meet today to open discussions on the player’s future just days before the beginning of Liverpool’s Premier League title defence.
According to Sky Sports, Wijnaldum is still keen to remain at Anfeild despite his contract currently in the final year before it’s expiration and there have been no indications from Liverpool that an extension will be resolved.
It was also confirmed that whatever the outcome of the meeting between Klopp and Wijnaldum that the Netherland’s international will be involved in Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s meeting with Leeds United.
Wijnaldum has so far made no commitment publically to say he will stay, despite Klopp’s clear hope that he will.
The transfer window is open until October 5, but Liverpool will want the issue resolved quickly as the new season is just days away.
Romano’s update shows that Liverpool still can win Wijnaldum over. Barcelona are yet to make an official bid and the longer they wait, the more reluctant the Reds will be to sell.
The club just have to make a firm decision and stick with it as now isn’t the time for player speculation to dominate headlines on the dawn of a new campaign.
If Liverpool choose to sell Wijnaldum then the likleyhood is that a replacement will quickly be drafted in.
Whether or not that player will be Thiago Alcantara remains to be seen as similarly to Barcelona, Liverpool are yet to make their interest concrete with no official bid put on the table from Merseysdie as of yet.
Hopefully today’s meeting between Klopp and Wijnaldum provides some indication on how the next series of events will likely unfold.
If Klopp chooses to select Wijnaldum in his starting XI for the Leeds clash at the weekend it could be a message loud and clear to the transfer board that the Dutchman is a player firmly in his plans for this coming season.
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