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Wijnaldum set for crunch talks with Klopp over Liverpool future

Gini Wijnaldum is set for crunch talks with manager Jurgen Klopp to discuss his Liverpool future, as the player continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

The Dutch international has been a revelation at Anfield since his arrival from Newcastle United in 2016, playing a vital role in the Reds rampant Premier League title victory last season as well as their Champions League success in 2019.

However, with 29-year-old now approaching the last year on his current contract, his future at the club appears somewhat uncertain – particularly with the midfielder’s former national team boss Ronald Koeman now in the dugout at the Nou Camp.

Former Everton manager Koeman is keen to bring in the Liverpool man as part of his summer rebuild, in order to freshen up a side that was humiliated against Bayern Munich last month.

Amid this interest from the Catalan giants, the Independent are reporting that Wijnaldum is set to sit down with manager Klopp to discuss his future – with talks over a new deal having hit a stalemate in recent months.

The report suggests that while the club would be disappointed to let the player go for free next summer, it would certainly not be the worst scenario – particularly if the Reds are unable to find an adequate replacement this window.

One man who has been rumoured to make the move to Merseyside this summer – potentially as a replacement for the Dutchman – is Bayern playmaker Thiago Alcantara.

The former Barcelona youth product is also entering into the final year of his contract and is appearing increasingly likely to be on the move in the coming months, whether that be a return to La Liga or a fresh start in the Premier League.

If Wijnaldum does depart then Thiago could well be a Liverpool player in the near future, with the Anfield outfit reportedly ready to use any funds and space on the wage bill to bring in the Spain international.

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