The future of Georginio Wijnaldum appears clearer than ever after a report indicated a factor behind the Liverpool midfielder’s recent ‘verbal agreement.’
Wijnaldum has been a vital cog in the transformation of Liverpool into serial trophy winners over the past five years. His tireless displays in the engine room have helped lay the foundations for others in the team to shine. However, with his contract nearing expiry, his stint at Anfield appears to be coming to an end.
The 30-year-old has long been rumoured to be a free agent target for Spanish giants Barcelona.
The Catalan club are deep in debt, making Wijnaldum an ideal capture through the lack of a transfer fee involved.
An overwhelming amount of evidence has pointed towards his departure. As such, the player himself recently opened up on the speculation.
Liverpool’s own financial fears over their wage bill has been cited as a key reason why they’re willing to go without such a consistent performer.
Now, according to online outlet Football Insider, Wijnaldum has ‘verbally indicated’ to Barcelona that he will accept their proposed terms.
A key reason behind this stems from an update regarding the future of manager, Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch legend endured a nightmare start to life at the Nou Camp. However, he has overseen a revival in recent months.
The club have clawed themselves back into the La Liga title race and have advanced to the final of the Copa Del Rey.
As such, Koeman’s future at Barcelona is said to be secure, an update that is described as being ‘key’ to Wijnaldum’s decision.
Liverpool, Man Utd-linked forward’s future gains clarity
Meanwhile, A Barcelona forward most recently linked with loan switches to Liverpool and Man Utd is set to see his future resolved ‘in the coming days.’
The club’s financial peril has seen a host of superstars linked with exits. Club record signing Philippe Coutinho was recently revealed to be available for a cut-price fee as the club seeks to balance the books.
One player who could ease the financial burden is Ousmane Dembele.
The Frenchman, 23, has failed to live up to expectations since his blockbuster arrival in 2017.
Nevertheless, with age on his side and obvious potential, several English clubs have registered interest over the last year.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano (writing exclusively for Benchwarmers), now notes that Dembele’s future will be decided ‘in the coming days.’
Barcelona will soon commence negotiations over a new contract with Dembele. A crucial factor could stem from new club president Joan Laporta reportedly being a fan.
The Spaniard wishes to ‘keep him’, meaning an extension to his current deal is the likeliest outcome.