Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly agreed to a pre-contract agreement with Spanish club FC Barcelona and looks set to be the first major signing under Joan Laporta, the new president of the club. The Netherlands international has a contract with Liverpool till the summer and the talks over a new contract haven’t progressed much.
Wijnaldum, 30, has played every single Premier League game for Liverpool this season, which is quite remarkable given the injury issues Jurgen Klopp’s men have suffered this season. The manager has urged his board publicly to renew the contract of the Liverpool superstar, but the owners seem to be reluctant in handing a new deal to the player who turns 31 in a few month’s time.
It has been reported by various sources that the wage demands and the length of the contract have been the two major issues due to which an agreement couldn’t be reached between the player’s representative and the club.
Wijnaldum, who joined the Reds in the summer of 2016 from Newcastle in a thirty-million-pound deal, has enjoyed considerable success in his 5-year stint at Liverpool. He will be remembered for the two goals he scored against FC Barcelona in the semifinals of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League which helped Liverpool complete one of the greatest comebacks in European football.
He was also one of the key player’s in Jurgen Klopp’s team which helped the Merseyside club win their first Premier League title in thirty years.
Ronald Koeman wants to reunite with his former player
One of the main reasons for Wijnaldum to choose Barcelona instead of opting to stay at Liverpool is to work with his former manager, Ronald Koeman. The pair enjoyed great success with the Netherlands together, and Wijnaldum was one of the core players of the former Barcelona legend’s team which revived the Netherlands back to being amongst the elites.
Koeman demanded the signing of his fellow countryman last summer but due to the tight financial condition of Barcelona, the deal could not happen. However, it looks very likely the deal will go through next summer with the Dutchman finally getting his top target.
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