Liverpool fans have known for some time now that it is very likely this season will be Georginio Wijnaldum's last with the club, as reports suggest he has failed to reach an agreement with the Reds over a new contract. There are no reports as of yet that the Dutchman has signed for a new club but there are many top sides interested in the midfielder's signature.
Wijnaldum signed for Liverpool in 2016 and has since made 175 appearances, scoring 16 goals. The 30 year-old has played a massive role in the Reds' success since he signed, including a memorable Champions League semi-final game against Barcelona in which he scored two goals. Liverpool have been linked with several midfielders as a replacement for Wijnaldum including Yves Bissouma and Houssem Aouar.
As the Dutch internationals future looks uncertain, other clubs around Europe will be waiting to pounce. German champions Bayern Munich had been linked with the Netherlands captain for some time but recent reports suggest that although the current Champions League holders are big admirers, they are unwilling to pursue a deal due to Wijnaldum’s age coupled with the large wages that he would bring. Other clubs such as Barcelona have also been linked with Wijnaldum as well as newly crowned Serie A champions Inter Milan.
After what have been season long talks between the midfielder and Liverpool, it seems both parties have failed to come to an agreement. Reports in recent months have suggested that Wijnaldum feels he is deserving of a contract that matches other top midfielders in the Premier League as well as wanting another lengthy stay at the club, but given his age and the Reds recent financial issues, it will be difficult for Liverpool to commit to a large pay rise over a number of seasons.
The 30 year-old who has recently captained Liverpool in several games due to Jordan Henderson’s spell on the sidelines, has expressed his desire in staying at Anfield and hopes talks can be successful. But as the summer approaches and still no word of talks progressing positively, it looks like Georginio Wijnaldum will no longer be a Liverpool player once the 2021/2022 season begins. Where the midfielders next destination could be also remains a mystery.