Barcelona are still to finalise a transfer agreement with Georginho Wijnaldum after claims the deal was done and dusted were dismissed.
The Dutchman has less than four months left on his Anfield deal and speculation over his future has intensified. Indeed, reports on Sunday claimed Wijnaldum had finally wrapped up a move to Barcelona with a pre-contract signed. The loss of a player, key to Liverpool’s success in recent years, would come as a huge, if unexpected, blow to the Reds.
That claim followed another report follows the weekend prior , which claimed Wijnaldum had agreed 95 per cent of his move to Camp Nou.
These claims, however, have been dismissed by Barcelona-based paper Mundo Deportivo. They claim that while Barca remain keen, nothing has yet been finalised. They insist that while Ronald Koeman is keen to bring his countryman to the Nou Camp, they cite sources within club denying that a deal has been secured.
That will give Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool a small glimmer of hope that Wijnaldum could yet stay at Anfield.
It seems the 30-year-old is hanging on to see whether the Reds improve their contract offer to him.
Wijnaldum ‘wants to stay’
And Wijnaldum – who signed from Newcastle in 2016 – would be reluctant to leave Merseyside.
However, with Barca likely to offer better terms, it remains a game of blink for both player and club.
Wijnaldum though insists the ball is in the court of the champions, although he revealed it would break his heart to leave Anfield.
Asked how hard it would be to leave, he said: “Really difficult because if that happens you will leave a team who you really love, a team who you shared a lot of years together, and where you feel really comfortable.
“That would be difficult… it always depends on the situation. But I would be devastated that I don’t play with this team anymore. That would be for sure.
“At the moment, there is no news as it is right now. I would lie if I come with news. The only thing that I can say is that I’m really happy at the club. I’m really happy with the team, the staff, and really happy with the fans for who I play.”