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Liverpool have ‘all but given up hope’ of keeping Wijnaldum as Barcelona offer ‘long term contract’

Liverpool have ‘all but given up hope’ of keeping Georginio Wijnaldum with Barcelona having offered the midfielder a ‘long term contract’.

Wijnaldum’s future has dominated the headlines this season with the Netherlands international in the final months of his current deal on Merseyside, with no progress having been made on the possibility of an extension at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his desire to keep the 30-year-old who has been an almost ever-present since signing from Newcastle in 2016, Wijnaldum having played a key role in the club’s Champions League and Premier League triumphs over the past two seasons.

No player has made more appearances for the Reds this season, but the Premier League champions have reportedly ‘all but given up hope’ of persuading the star to stay despite Wijnaldum’s admission this week that he will be ‘devastated’ when the time comes to leave Liverpool.

According to Football Insider, there is an increasing probability that Wijnaldum will leave this summer with Barcelona amongst the clubs strongly linked, Ronald Koeman keen to reunite with a player he previously coached with the Netherlands national team.

Barcelona are alleged to have made the player one of their ‘top targets’ this summer given the attractive nature of a free transfer move and are reported to have already tabled a long term contract offer.

Wijnaldum is also reportedly ‘keen’ on the idea of moving to the Camp Nou despite the club’s difficult period of late, whilst there is also understood to be interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan.

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