Georginio Wijnaldum makes Liverpool transfer demand which could rattle Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool’s preparations for this weekend’s Premier League opener against Leeds could be disrupted as Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly set to tell Jurgen Klopp he wants his future decided before the new campaign kicks off.
Spanish publication Sport claims Wijnaldum will try and force through a move to Barcelona.
And he wants the deal done before Liverpool’s eagerly-anticipated showdown with newly-promoted Leeds.
Wijnaldum is out of contract next summer so could sign a pre-agreement with a foreign club in January.
Liverpool do not want to lose the Dutchman for free so are willing to let him go for around £15million.
Barca feel the fee should be much lower than that given the midfielder turns 30 in November.
The two clubs are at a standstill over the price but Wijnaldum is set for crunch talks upon his return from international duty, where he helped Holland beat Poland 1-0 before losing to Italy by the same score.
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Klopp was likely to pick Wijnaldum in his starting line-up this weekend but he may now have to make a difficult decision.
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has made Wijnaldum his priority target and the Liverpool star is keen to link up with his fellow countryman.
Klopp is hoping to sign Bayern Munich ace Thiago Alcantara to replace the former Newcastle and PSV Eindhoven star.
But ex-Premier League midfielder Darren Ambrose is not sure that would be an improvement.
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“I think [Wijnaldum leaving] would be a big loss for Liverpool, a big loss,” Ambrose told talkSPORT.
“I think he played all but one league game last season and you talk of [Roberto] Firmino making them tick up front, this guy makes them tick in the middle for me.
“It’s a big loss, great move for him to go to Barcelona but big loss for Liverpool.
“For me, I personally don’t think [Thiago] is a step up. I think it’s sideways at best.
“I’m a big fan of Wijnaldum. I think it’s a sideways step and for me, probably not an upwards step because he has to come in now and fit into that team that are Premier League champions, he has to fit in immediately, when they’ve got a proven player that makes them tick.
“I can’t see why they’re doing it, I really can’t.”
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