Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the future of Gini Wijnaldum following recent reports that the Liverpool midfielder has a deal in place to join Barcelona this summer.
The 30-year-old’s future has received extensive coverage in recent months, with Wijnaldum still no closer to resolving his contractual situation on Merseyside.
The Times recently claimed that Wijnaldum, whose pre-existing deal with Liverpool expires on June 30, has agreed a deal with Barcelona, but Romano has challenged such notions.
Romano, who regularly features on Sky Sports and The Guardian, has countered reports that Wijnaldum to Barcelona is a foregone conclusion, although he reiterates that a departure to the Camp Nou this summer is 90 per cent conclusive.
Romano on Wijnaldum
“At the moment there is nothing agreed,” he said, per the Here We Go Podcast.
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“Barcelona are changing everything. There is a new president, new board, let’s see with the manager.
“For sure the situation with Ronald Koeman will be key because Ronald Koeman is in love with Wijnaldum. They are talking with the agent, so we can say there is something. They are negotiating and Barcelona are so interested.
“But at the moment nothing is signed and done because they have to plan for the future, they have to understand about the position of Ronald Koeman and then they will decide on certain players.
“Apart from Eric Garcia, who we will talk about in the next minutes, but with Wijnaldum there is nothing agreed.
“The truth is that 90% I would say that Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool.
“Yes, because there is no agreement at the moment, last bid was in December, and they didn’t find an agreement, so there are huge chances to see him out of the club.”
What RTK has to say
It looks increasingly likely that Wijnaldum is Barcelona bound – it just seems like a matter of when not if.
The Catalonia giants recently elected a new president, after all. If Joan Laporta backs current boss, Ronald Koeman, then plans to get Wijnaldum through the door will only intensify.
In regards to his Liverpool future, there isn’t really much left to say. We cannot reiterate just how incredible a servant Wijnaldum has been to the Reds over the previous five years.
If anything, Wijnaldum’s impending exit should only fuel Liverpool further in their quest to claim European Cup No.7. That certainly would represent the crème de la crème of Liverpool farewells.