Barcelona transfer nears as Wijnaldum ‘rejects latest Liverpool contract offer’

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2021 7:48 - James Marshment

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Georginio Wijnaldum is reported to have rejected Liverpool’s latest contract offer and now looks poised to move to Barcelona.

The midfielder has proved to be one of Jurgen Klopp’s best signings since he arrived from Newcastle in 2016.

Indeed, he played more Premier League minutes than any other Reds midfielder last season. This term, meanwhile, he has already racked up 24 appearances.

But his future has become uncertain after entering the final year of his five-year deal.

Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for the Dutchman; the move very much endorsed by compatriot Ronald Koeman.

The player himself has done his best to dismiss talk that a move to the Nou Camp is on.

Indeed, reports recently stated that Wijnaldum’s preference has been to stay at Anfield.

However, Todofijaches, via the Daily Mirror, now claims Wijnaldum has rejected their latest proposal.

They claim their latest offer has ‘fallen short of the mark’ and has left him disappointed.

Furthermore – and perhaps most damning – they claim Wijnaldum now longer wants to be at Liverpool and has decided to leave.

His heart is now set on Barcelona who are now free to negotiate with him on a pre-contract agreement.

However, despite now being in the final months of his deal, a respectable source has dismissed claims Liverpool will agree to his early release.

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Wijnaldum warned he will regret Liverpool exit

Ryan Babel, meanwhile, has told Wijnaldum he will live to regret his departure from Anfield.

The now-Galatasaray forward left Anfield for Hoffenheim in 2011.

Speaking to the Mirror, he feels leaving Liverpool was a mistake for him and will be the same for his countryman.

“I spent almost four years at ­Liverpool under Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish,” Babel said.

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“When I left to go and play in Germany, where TSG ­Hoffenheim had become a big force, it was to become the ­biggest regret of my career.

“The only reason I left was because I wanted to have more playing minutes to keep my place in the Holland team.

“But you don’t realise how dominating the playing style is at Liverpool until you play in a different team and league.

“I was brought up with really attacking football at Ajax. In the academy, you learn to play that way. When I moved to ­Liverpool, it was exactly the same. It is in the DNA of the club to play attacking football.”

Babel, however, went on to recall his greatest highlights during his almost four-year association with Liverpool.

“I loved every ­minute I was at Liverpool. ­Fortunately, Dirk Kuyt was at Liverpool and he was a massive support to me,” the forward said.

“As a Liverpool player you are always in the spotlight. The club is massive.

“Scoring the winning goal against Manchester United at Anfield was the highlight of my time.”

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