Barcelona superstar target refuses to renew his current contract

Joe Gomez of Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool, (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Joe Gomez of Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool, (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Barcelona close in on signing a Liverpool superstar this summer

With the departure of Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal from the midfield, Barcelona is in the dire need of a versatile and physical midfielder. Ronald Koeman believes that his compatriot Gini Wijnaldum will be an ideal fit under his 4-2-3-1 set up.

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The 29-year-old is on contract with Liverpool until the summer of 2021. However, it has been reported that Gini Wijnaldum has considered against renewing terms with the Premier League champions as he is eager on making a move to the Camp Nou for a new challenge in his career.

The Reds have signed former Barca midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. With the signing of the Spaniard, Gini Wijnaldum’s starting role at the club might be comprimised.

At the age of 29, Wijnaldum is not willing to waste the peak of his career as a second choice midfielder under Jurgen Klopp and has decided that a move to Barca would benefit his career.

At the Camp Nou, Koeman is willing to use the player’s physical abilities in the starting eleven. Gini Wijnaldum could form the defensive pivot with Frenkie de Jong and the Dutch midfielder can make use of his box to box capabilities to support the attack and defence.

Jurgen Klopp has also addressed the media about the recent speculation of Gini Wijnaldum signing for Barca

"“I have had 500 or 600 conversations with him. He has returned from international commitments and that’s it. We are absolutely fine about the future to the extent that we are involved in that.”"

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It seems like the Dutch midfielder might complete his dream move to Barca this summer after turning down the opportunity to renew terms with Liverpool.