Georginio Wijnaldum ‘will turn down new Liverpool contract to join Barcelona in the summer’ with Dutch midfielder keen to realise boyhood dream of playing for Nou Camp club
- Georginio Wijnaldum is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of the season
- Dutch midfielder, 30, has turned down offers to extend his stay at Anfield
- Reports suggest Wijnaldum wants to realise ambition to play for Barcelona
- He is drawn by the chance to work with compatriot Ronald Koeman in Spain
Georginio Wijnaldum will reportedly reject Liverpool‘s offer of a new contract to realise his boyhood ambition of playing for Barcelona.
The Dutch midfielder’s contract at Anfield expires this summer and a move to the Nou Camp is now looking likely.
Wijnaldum is drawn to Barcelona because of their tradition of fielding Dutch players and the opportunity to work with his compatriot Ronald Koeman.
Georginio Wijnaldum ‘has turned down the chance to extend his Liverpool contract and will join Barcelona in the summer’
Wijnaldum has been an important part of Liverpool’s success under manager Jurgen Klopp
A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘Barcelona has always been a big draw for him. It’s a similar situation to when Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in that it is his ultimate destination.’
Liverpool have tried to persuade Wijnaldum, who has helped them to Champions League and Premier League success in the past two seasons, to extend his stay with them.
But they also increased midfield competition by signing Thiago Alcantara during the summer and so they have plenty of options should Wijnaldum depart on what will be a free transfer.
Wijnaldum is enticed by the prospect of working with compatriot Ronald Koeman at Barcelona
The Dutch midfielder was on target during Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup
Manager Jurgen Klopp gave little away when asked about the Wijnaldum situation earlier this month.
‘I have nothing to say about this. I’ve said how much I like the person and the player. So, there’s really nothing else to say about it,’ he said.
‘That’s not good or bad news, that’s just how it is. If there’s a decision you’ll know about it.
‘Apart from that, there’s nothing else to say.’
Wijnaldum, 30, has featured regularly for Klopp’s side this season, starting 15 Premier League and four Champions League matches.
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