Liverpool: Steve Nicol urges club to keep Gini Wijnaldum
Liverpool reportedly sent Gini Wijnaldum a new contract offer “weeks ago”, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. Jurgen Klopp is desperate to keep the Dutchman at the club but knows the final decision is now out of his hands as he awaits good news.
Wijnaldum has been a regular in Klopp’s XI ever since he arrived from Newcastle in the summer of 2016.
He was instrumental along the way to Champions League and Premier League glory and is hoping to get his hands on another title this season with the champions.
Next month, Wijnaldum will be free to sit down and speak with other clubs about a potential transfer next summer.
While it’s understood he wants to stay at Anfield, the 30-year-old wants to see his value to the team reflected in his salary.
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Wijnaldum currently earns around £70,000 a week and would expect a significant increase if he was to sign a contract extension.
According to Romano, Liverpool’s latest offer was made around three weeks ago and is currently under consideration.
He tweeted: “Liverpool made a new contract offer to Wijnaldum few weeks ago. The proposal has not been accepted yet.
“Gini wants to reflect. And to pay respect to the club, he will give priority and communicate his decision to #LFC before negotiating with other clubs as a free agent.”
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Wijnaldum is said to be a target for both Barcelona and Inter Milan heading into the New Year.
It’s no secret that Ronald Koeman is keen on the idea of a reunion with his former player in Catalonia.
Barca were expected to make an offer earlier this summer as Liverpool closed in on Thiago Alcantara but it never came.
Should Barcelona be ready to satisfy Wijnaldum’s wage demands, there is a chance he could make the move to Spain.
Klopp is said to have told Wijnaldum that he will continue to play regardless of whether he plans to stay at the club beyond this season.
“I would be happy if he would stay here,” Klopp said in November.
“I am pretty happy with Gini. You can see that when you see most of the line-ups! He always played good, that’s why he played so many games. And he has played plenty of positions, different positions.
“He’s in a good moment, thank God! Long may it continue.
“There is nothing else to say about it. As long as nothing is decided, then everything is possible. I’m positive.”
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