It has been a day of conflicting claims in regards to the future of Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum’s future has been a source of speculation in recent months with the star having entered the final year of his contract on Merseyside, with talks over a new deal having so far failed to find an agreement for a player who has played a key role in the Reds’ recent successes.
Reports have suggested that Barcelona are monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation ahead of a potential move, with newly-appointed manager Ronald Koeman keen to secure a deal having worked alongside his compatriot with the Netherlands national side.
Spanish publication, Diario Sport, are reporting that Wijnaldum has now agreed terms over a summer switch to the Camp Nou, speculation that has since been denied by Goal and their Liverpool reporter, Neil Jones.
Liverpool sources say there has been no contact at all with Barcelona over Gini Wijnaldum, despite reports in Spain suggesting a €15m deal was on the cards. #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 2, 2020
Jones insists that Liverpool have had no contact with Barcelona over a deal for Wijnaldum, though his future is likely to continue making headlines amid the uncertainty of his current contract.
The Dutchman is a favourite of Jurgen Klopp and amongst his most trusted players, though the Reds will be keen to avoid a similar situation to the one that saw Emre Can depart for Juventus on a free transfer two years ago.
Liverpool also need to raise funds before they can conduct transfer business this summer as they feel the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, with suggestions that Wijnaldum could be moved on to fund a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara if an agreement cannot be reached over an extension.