Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract talks with Liverpool have reportedly reached a ‘stalemate’ with the midfielder yet to make a decision on his future beyond the end of the season.
Wijnaldum has entered the final months of his contract on Merseyside and whilst there is a desire from both club and player to agree an extension, talks are yet to reach a breakthrough with the Netherlands international keen for a new deal to reflect his importance to the side.
The 30-year-old has been a central figure to the Reds’ successes in the Champions League and Premier League over the past two seasons, and is understood to be seeking an improved contract that compares favourably to the club’s highest-earning players.
Liverpool have tabled their latest contract offer and whilst the deal has not been rejected by Wijnaldum and his representatives, Sky Sports are reporting that negotiations have reached a ‘stalemate’.
Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire to keep Wijnaldum – who has made 23 appearances in all competitions so far this season – though the lack of progress over a new deal will be a concern with Barcelona keen to secure the Dutchman on a free transfer.
Wijnaldum is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides this month and has attracted the attention of the Spanish side, with Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman keen to reunite with a player he previously worked with for the Dutch national side.
Barcelona are not yet understood to have tabled an official offer to the midfielder, however, with the Catalan side currently suffering from financial difficulties and preparing for presidential elections at the Camp Nou.