Inter Milan and PSG have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool next summer.
According to an exclusive report by 90 min, Georginio Wijnaldum has new suitors in his pursuit. Inter Milan and PSG are interested in signing the Dutch international, who is also a target for Barcelona, on a free transfer when his contract with Liverpool expires next summer.
Wijnaldum has been one of the cornerstones of Jurgen Klopp’s squad over the last few years, when the Reds have enjoyed a lot of success, winning the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League in addition to other honours. A mainstay in midfield, the 29-year-old is a reliable figure in the middle of the park for the Reds.
However, while Wijnaldum has contributed a great deal to the success that Liverpool have enjoyed, the Merseyside club are in a precarious position over his future. The Dutchman is currently in the final year of his deal with the Premier League champions, and his position has piqued the interest of Barcelona.
Barcelona were, in fact, keen on signing Wijnaldum in the summer transfer window as well before a move failed to materialise. The continued interest from the Catalan giants, though, comes as a bit of a surprise, considering former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Pedri have impressed in the no. 10 role.
As for the double pivot in the 4-2-3-1, Frenkie de Jong is a certainty while Sergio Busquets and Miralem Pjanic tend to vie for the other spots. Carles Alena and Riqui Puig are the other options at Ronald Koeman’s disposal as well and it is difficult to see how Barcelona can create space for Liverpool superstar Wijnaldum unless they sell a player.
The same goes for Inter Milan, where Antonio Conte has a plethora of midfield options at his disposal. However, with Christian Eriksen touted to leave the Serie A outfit after just one year, the Nerazzurri might just be in need of a midfield reinforcement by the time next summer’s transfer window opens.
PSG, too, could be in the market for a midfielder, with Julian Draxler’s future being increasingly uncertain. So, both Inter and PSG are set to provide stiff competition to Barcelona in pursuit of the Liverpool midfielder, whom Klopp is keen to tie down to a new long-term deal.
The sticking point for the Liverpool board, though, are Wijnaldum’s demands for a £120,000-a-week contract, which is more than a 50 percent hike of his current wages. However, Klopp is adamant that Wijnaldum, who is eager to stay put as well, must be handed a new deal, lest they risk the likes of Barcelona and others swooping in for a free transfer.