Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum hopes to remain at the Anfield and would be open to signing a new long-term contract. The Netherlands international has attracted attention from Spanish giants, Barcelona this summer with Ronald Koeman keen to sign the playmaker, who he worked with during his time as Netherlands manager.
Gini has a year left on his deal with the Reds and negotiations have stalled over an extension, despite a willingness on all sides to resolve the situation. Wijnaldum is a popular member in the dressing room and he is admired by the German manager, who has told his board to sort a deal for the former Magpies midfielder.
However, while many fans fear that interest from the Blaugrana has turned the 29-year-old midfielder’s head, as he wants to remain at Liverpool and hopes for a resolution in talks with the Merseyside club’s board.
The hold-up is believed to be over the length of the contract that the Merseyside club are offering the Dutchman and the Catalan giants are willing to hand him an initial three-year contract with the option of a further 12 months to take him to his 34th birthday.
Jurgen Klopp is also wary of the fact that he must sell a senior footballer before adding to his squad again this summer and Gini’s departure would allow him to purchase Bayern Munich footballer, Thiago Alcantara.
Bundesliga giants want £27m for the Spanish midfielder and Reds would likely recoup a similar amount for Gini from La Liga club, as well as freeing up space in the midfield for Thiago Alcantara.