Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly performed a u-turn on his desire to leave Anfield and is now waiting to be offered an extension by the club.
Wijnaldum has been heavily linked with a move away in recent weeks, with Barcelona tipped to be his next destination.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is said to be keen on taking him to the Camp Nou as he looks to make the squad his own. Of course, Koeman is familiar with the midfielder having worked with him while in charge of Holland.
It had been suggested that Wijnaldum was keen on making the move with his Liverpool future uncertain. His current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and talks over renewed terms stalled some time ago.
What’s more, reports have also suggested that he would be the man sold in order to fund a swoop for Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard’s arrival would put some pressure on Wijnaldum’s place in the side.
However, de Telegraaf (via the Liverpool Echo) are now reporting that Wijnaldum wants to stay with the Reds. This comes after he held ‘positive’ talks with Jurgen Klopp regarding his future last week.
They say that Wijnaldum and his representatives are in talks with Liverpool chiefs again as they attempt to reach an agreement. A new deal is yet to be proposed, but it is expected to arrive at some point soon.
It is believed the sticking point in previous negotiations was the length of contract Wijnaldum is hoping for. He reportedly wanted to extend his stay by four years, however, Liverpool were hesitant to offer such a lengthy deal with the player now 29-years-old.
It is unclear whether the Reds have reconsidered their stance or if Wijnaldum is willing to commit to a shorter deal. But, it seems progress has been made at the very least after talks originally failed.
Liverpool warned they could fall to fourth this season
In other news, Paul Merson says he can realistically see Liverpool falling down to fourth place this campaign.
The Reds ran away with the league last season, finishing 18 points ahead of second placed Manchester City as they finally ended their wait for a Premier League title.
But after a quiet transfer window and shaky display against Leeds on Saturday, the ex-Arsenal man says the Reds could suffer quite a fall this term.
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