Wijnaldum 'tempted by fresh challenge despite being offered new deal'

Liverpool ‘offer Georginio Wijnaldum a bumper new three-year deal worth £105,0000-a-week… but the midfielder is tempted by a fresh challenge abroad with Inter Milan rivalling Barcelona to sign him’

  • Georginio Wijnaldum has entered he last year of his contract at Liverpool
  • He has reportedly been offered a 40 per cent raise to £105,000-a-week
  • The Dutch midfielder is tempted by a fresh challenge in another country

Georginio Wijnaldum is considering his Liverpool future despite being offered a new bumper deal by the Reds.

The 30-year-old, who was won the Premier League and Champions League at Liverpool, has reportedly been offered a new three-year deal worth £105,000-a-week to stay at Anfield.

But after five years in England, the Dutch midfielder is tempted by a fresh challenge in another country, according to calciomercato.com.

Inter Milan have entered the transfer race to sign Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum

Sportsmail reported that Wijnaldum gave a cagey response when asked about his future while away on international duty this week.

He said: ‘I can’t say anything about that.

 ‘Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

‘I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.’

Inter Milan are ready to swoop for Wijnaldum, while Barcelona are expected to make a fresh approach after failing to agree a deal last summer. 

The 30-year-old has reportedly been offered a new three-year deal worth £105,000-a-week

Barca boss Ronald Koeman has admitted Wijnaldum might be an option to pursue in future.

Wijnaldum, 30, was strongly linked to Barcelona over the summer as central midfielders Arthur Melo and Ivan Rakitic left for Juventus and Sevilla respectively, but he ended up staying at Anfield.

Koeman was Holland boss from 2018 to 2020 and 68-cap international Wijnaldum played regularly under his tenure, so they know each other well.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (centre) worked with Wijnaldum (left) for Holland

And former Barcelona and Holland defender Koeman admitted to Sport : ‘He’s very good but he’s playing for Liverpool.

‘He could be an option in the future. I can’t say more.’

With Wijnaldum’s contract expiring in June 2021, if he continues to hold off on signing a new deal for Jurgen Klopp’s side he can move on a free transfer next summer. Indeed, he can even negotiate with teams outside of England from January.

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