Georginio Wijnaldum asks for more time to decide on Liverpool’s contract offer
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum declined to give an immediate answer on his future and instead asked the club for more time to decide on his latest contract offer.
The Dutchman’s current deal will expire at the end of the season and an agreement on a new contract has yet to be found, leaving Wijnaldum eligible to discuss a free transfer with all foreign clubs in a few days.
There have been numerous reports in the past suggesting that Liverpool and Wijnaldum did not exactly agree on the terms of a new contract, and this is the impression given by Fabrizio Romano, who revealed that the midfielder had requested an extension to make its final decision.
A formal contract offer was presented to Wijnaldum in the early days of December, but he still has not made a decision and has now asked Liverpool “a few more days” to make up their mind.
Wijnaldum, however, has promised to meet Liverpool to brief them on his decision before starting to speak to other clubs as he doesn’t want to disrespect the club who have given him so much since joining Newcastle United in 2016.
Most reports suggest Liverpool view Wijnaldum’s indifference as a sign that he will leave for free next summer, with Barcelona and Inter being regularly named as potential contenders for the Dutchman.
Athletic’s Oliver Kay recently discussed the situation and the reason for the delay. Wijnaldum is looking for financial security as part of a long-term deal, but Liverpool are reluctant to make too much of a commitment to a player who recently turned 30, despite calls from manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool are still keen on keeping Wijnaldum but fear paying him off as a world-class starter when he turns 33 or 34 and will likely no longer be part of their starting lineup.
Wijnaldum is giving Liverpool every chance to meet his demands and secure his future, but there seems to be a realization that he could make more money elsewhere if he leaves for mainland Europe with a free transfer.
In the meantime, Klopp will likely continue to rely on Wijnaldum, whom he is desperate to see a new deal signed, but time may be running out as the Dutchman at Anfield.
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