Liverpool fans are no closer to knowing what the future holds for Gini Wijnaldum at their club.
The Reds went into this season in the knowledge that January could be a difficult month if Wijnaldum’s future still hadn’t been sorted out, which it hasn’t.
In July, the 30-year-old will leave Liverpool on a Bosman as things stand and there was speculation earlier this week that the Dutchman had rejected their latest contract offer.
The Premier League champions must either sell this month or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
And considering what a massive player he has been under Jurgen Klopp these past couple of years, letting Wijnaldum – who joined in 2016 from Newcastle United for £25 million – leave for nothing would sting the Premier League champions in a big way, especially if it’s a Barcelona who snap him up.
But Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the situation between Wijnaldum and the club remains amicable despite the player not feeling tempted by their latest offer.
And Romano also added that although Barca boss Ronald Koeman is a big fan of the player, the Dutchman’s uncertain future at Camp Nou means that there’s an element of doubt that a switch to Catalunya will materialise, either this month or in the summer.
He told Give Me Sport: “I have to be honest with you. Talking with people around Gini, I’ve been told that he has been respectful to Liverpool. Like before Christmas, he spoke with the club, he received a new bid from Liverpool, like in the first week of December, to try to extend his contract and it was not an amazing bid in Gini’s idea. He was expecting something different but he said ‘okay, let’s take some time. I want to speak with my family. I want to decide in the next week, so give me some time to decide and I won’t talk with any other clubs’.
“Pay attention to the situation of Koeman, because the man who wanted Wijnaldum at Barcelona was Ronald Koeman. He loves Wijnaldum, but if the new president of Barcelona will change the situation, and will go for a different manager next season, I don’t know if Barcelona will go for Wijnaldum.”