Inter Milan are growing more confident in the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to reports.
Wijnaldum is out of contract at the end of the season, and while Liverpool have been trying to convince him to stay, it appears he will be looking for a new club.
The Dutch midfielder has long been linked with Barcelona, where he could reunite with former Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman.
However, Barcelona are not the only suitors for the 30-year-old. Italian giants Inter are also keen to sign him.
Now, it appears Inter are in fact leading the race for Wijnaldum. According to Sport Mediaset journalist Sandro Sabatini, the Nerazzurri already have an agreement with the player.
Inter coach Antonio Conte, according to FC Inter News, is “crazy” about Wijnaldum. However, the club need to determine if the deal would work financially.
At present, Wijnaldum’s salary seems slightly out of reach given his demands of €10m per season. Even so, he seems open to the idea of playing for Inter.
The former Newcastle man has never played in Italy before, spending the duration of his career between his native Holland and the English Premier League.
A move to Serie A would be a fresh challenge for the former Feyenoord youth product. Inter are always on the lookout for reinforcements and it seems Wijnaldum has been identified as a major target.
FC Inter News claim he wants a four-year contract. Given that Inter would not have to pay a transfer fee to sign him, it may seem like an economical deal.
However, there are other factors to take into consideration. As stated, his wages are substantial and he would also require a signing-on fee.
The report concedes that Wijnaldum’s agent’s demands would be too high for almost any club in the world. Therefore, they may have to come to some form of compromise.
In the event that those demands drop, then a move to Inter seems the most likely scenario at present.
PSG another option
Reports last month suggested that Wijnaldum also has admirers in Ligue 1, where Paris Saint-Germain are interested.
PSG have financial strength and may be able to make a better offer to Wijnaldum than Inter, although the player’s response is not yet known.
According to Le Parisien, the French champions are keen on the Dutchman and could present their own offer.