Talks between Gini Wijnaldum and Liverpool over a contract extension have reached a stalemate, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp wants the player to remain at Anfield.
That’s what Sky Sports are saying. They claim that a long-standing offer remains on the table for Wijnaldum, 30, but the player is yet to accept it.
The report adds that previous notions that Wijnaldum had snubbed a new contract offer were, indeed, wide of the mark.
Both Klopp and Wijnaldum himself want Anfield to be his destination for next season despite the ongoing issue with the player’s wages.
Wijnaldum has yet to earn a contract extension at Liverpool since his £20 million [BBC] move from Newcastle in 2016. As such, Wijnaldum wants a deal that highlights his importance to the club over the years.
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Wijnaldum has started 15 of Liverpool’s 17 Premier League matches this season, after all. Only Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino have featured more prominently throughout 2020/21.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman remains keen on the prospect of signing Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum is free to begin early negotiations regarding a pre-contract arrangements. However, the player has reaffirmed on numerous occasions his immediate focus is with Liverpool and not his future.
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The fact Wijnaldum still remains a key Liverpool player perhaps explains why there is so much controversy surrounding his contractual situation.
From Liverpool’s point of view, the prospect of handing a long-term lucrative deal to a player in his thirties is an unfavourable one.
However, from Wijnaldum’s position, it makes sense he wants to secure the best possible financial outcome in what is likely to be his last major deal in club football.
Still, this doesn’t help reach a compromise for either party.
With that said, Wijnaldum’s durability makes him valuable to Liverpool and this shouldn’t be undervalued.
There is no doubt his contractual situation will distract him from the immediate task at hand.
A compromise looks unlikely, it would seem. Luckily for Liverpool, Wijnaldum is a constant professional and will remain so all season.