Liverpool: Milner not slacking off during international break
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Barcelona have reportedly offered Liverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum a three-year contract as his time at Anfield winds down. The Netherlands international, who Jurgen Klopp signed back in 2016 is out of contract this summer.
Despite having just months left on his deal with the Champions, he has remained a key component of Klopp’s squad making 40 appearances.
But negotiations over a new contract have failed to find an agreement and it appears highly likely he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Barca are believed to be the front-runners in any negotiations, with compatriot Ronald Koeman keen to link up with the midfielder at the Nou Camp.
The La Liga giants are set for a tricky transfer window, in the midst of major financial troubles.
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That shouldn’t hamper their pursuit of Wijnaldum however, with Mundo Deportivo claiming a three-year offer has already been lodged.
The report also suggests that Inter Milan are in the running, although the ‘Koeman Factor’ is said to be a decisive one.
The Barca boss is also keen to recruit Wijnaldum’s international colleague Memphis Depay, in what could be another major selling point for the ex-Newcastle star.
Asked about his future ahead of the Champions League clash with RB Leipzig earlier this month, the 30-year-old claimed that while he was happy with Liverpool he wasn’t close to an agreement on an extension.
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“I would like to come with news, but the only thing I can say is that I’m really happy with the club, really happy with the team, the staff, and really happy with the fans I play for,” he explained.
“That’s the only thing I can say; it’s not that I’m not happy and I have to leave or anything like that.
“But it’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is to make decisions for your future. You have to think about everything, first you have to negotiate with the club and those kind of things.
“It’s so difficult to deal with it all. That’s why it takes so long.
“I am really happy here, my family is happy, but besides that there is no news.”
Asked how tough the decision would be to leave the Reds, Wijnaldum admitted he would be ‘devastated’ to leave a club he has come to love.
On potentially departing Merseyside, he said: “Really difficult, because if it happens, I will leave a team I really love, a team where we shared a lot of years together and where I feel really comfortable.
“That will be difficult, but at the other side you will know the situation, why you have to leave.
“It always depends on the situation, but that I will be devastated that I will not be able to play with this team anymore? For sure.”
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