With only over six months left on his current contract at Merseyside giants, talks over a new deal for Gini Wijnaldum have reportedly reached a stalemate. The 30-year-old playmaker has been a vital component in the German coach’s side over recent campaigns but is yet to put pen to paper on new terms.
With the winter window now open, Gini is free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with foreign sides ahead of a possible summer move. Ronald Koeman is still said to still be interested in bringing Wijnaldum to Blaugrana, with reports in Spain claiming the playmaker has rejected the Reds latest offer and wants to move to Barcelona.
But a new contract stays on the table and hasn’t been turned down by the Netherlands international. The report states that although the Dutch midfielder is keen on remaining at Liverpool, he wants his new wage packet to be closer to what is being handed to the club’s top earners.
That could be one of the reasons why an agreement is yet to be reached. With the clock ticking down, Jurgen Klopp has urged Gini to commit his future to Anfield, whereas the player has remained tight-lipped on his deal situation. ‘I hope so that he signs, to be honest,’ Jurgen Klopp said in December.
‘You can see that he plays all the time. We have a pretty good relationship. I hope so. I already said it in my previous interviews, I don’t speak about my contract situation,’ said Wijnaldum last month. ‘I speak about games. The club should speak about my contract.’