Jurgen Klopp blocks Liverpool sale of Georginio Wijnaldum

Date published: Friday 17th August 2018 8:01

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Fenerbahce remain interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to a report in Italy.

The midfielder, who played 50 times for the Reds last season, was linked with Fener earlier in the summer and now Calciomercato claim the Turkish club ‘courted’ Wijnaldum and Liverpool “blocked the sale”.

The report claims Jurgen Klopp has decided not to sell the former Newcastle man, despite the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho as he sees the combative players as a key member of his squad.

Just how an Italian source have generated a link to a Dutch player, playing in England, heading for Turkey is not clear, but he was linked with Fener in July.

Turkish outlet Takvim also claimed Rafa Benitez wanted the 27-year-old Dutch international back on Tyneside, two years after he made the move to Anfield for £25million.

That was later rebuffed by the Newcastle Chronicle, who claimed Newcastle had not made a move for their former star, who has three years left on his contract at Anfield.

Wijnaldum, who started in the win over West Ham last weekend, though dismissed all talk of a move over the weekend in an interview in the Evening Standard: “That was the speculation of the media.

“I laugh about it. I also read that I asked the club if I could leave. I never had a conversation with the club. People from the outside just see Liverpool is buying players, so players who are already here are going to leave.

“Liverpool will always buy good players, even if they already have good players. That’s normal. I think it has to be normal for a club like Liverpool because that means you’re a big club.

“But that was something from the media that I was going to Turkey. Maybe because Phillip Cocu is manager [of Fenerbahce] and I worked with him for two years. I don’t know who put it in the media, but it wasn’t me.”


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