Georginio Wijnaldum makes decision on Liverpool’s future amid Barcelona links
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has decided to reject any further contract negotiations and will instead look to join Barcelona at the end of the season with a free transfer.
The 30-year-old only has six months left on his current contract, meaning he’s free to negotiate a move to another club now that the January transfer window is open.
One European giant who has long been linked with a coup for Wijnaldum is Barcelona, whose coach Ronald Koeman has worked with the Dutchman in the Netherlands national setup.
After a week of speculation, the Mirror reports that the lure of Camp Nou has convinced the midfielder not to extend his stay at Anfield, and he will leave the Reds on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
A source close to the player said Barca had always been “a big draw” for Wijnaldum and compared his situation to that of Gareth Bale, who left Tottenham Hotspur for his dream transfer to Real Madrid in 2013.
“Barcelona have always been a big draw for him. It’s a similar situation to when Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in that it’s his ultimate destination, ”the source said.
There has been a lot of uncertainty as to whether he was ready to put pen to paper, and it was recently reported that the Reds were not in talks with him on a new deal.
It appears to be the case then, given his decision to leave Anfield and start a new chapter at Barca with Dutch coach Koeman. Wijnaldum has been an excellent servant for Liverpool since joining the club in 2016, but it seems the opportunity to play for the Catalan giants at Barca is too good to be turned down at this point in his career.
Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed to lose such an impressive midfielder, who has proven crucial to his Champions League and Premier League successes. Speaking of the Wijnaldum contract debacle, the German coach had “nothing to say” but confessed his admiration for the Liverpool star.
“I have nothing to say about it,” Klopp remarked. “I said how much I love the person and the player. So there is really nothing more to say about it. This is not good or bad news, it is like that. If there is a decision, you will know it.
“Other than that, there is nothing more to say.”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Wijnaldum has always played a key role in Liverpool’s squad this season, appearing in all 17 Premier League games so far.