Wijnaldum’s Liverpool contract standoff as both parties hope to reach agreement

Gini Wijnaldum is reportedly keen to stay with Liverpool and has not rejected the offer of a new contract.

The midfielder, 30, is continuing talks with Anfield chiefs over an extension, with his current deal set to expire this summer.

The Netherlands star has been a vital cog in Liverpool's hugely successful team of the last two seasons and manager Jurgen Klopp would like him to stay on Merseyside.

But Wijnaldum is yet to agree to an extension and the ongoing standoff gave rise to reports from Spain claiming the player would like to move to Barcelona, having rejected Liverpool's latest contract offer.

These reports have been rubbished by Sky Sports , however, which claims Wijnaldum still favours staying with Liverpool.

The Reds' long-standing contract offer remains on the table, although Wijnaldum believes his new wages should draw him nearer to the club's highest earners.

As such, he is yet to put pen to paper but his importance to Klopp's set-up remains evident and he has featured in all 17 of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures this season.

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Barcelona are the player's principal suitors and a move to Camp Nou would see Wijnaldum link up with his compatriot and former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.

But the Catalan giants are yet to table a formal offer to either the player or Liverpool, meaning there is still plenty of time for Wijnaldum to strike a new deal with the Premier League champions.

Barcelona are in the build-up to a presidential election and performances on the pitch have not been up to scratch, meaning there has been little focus on transfers.

Koeman's side already find themselves 10 points off La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid having played one game more, while the new president will be announced on 24 January.

This leaves the club with just over one week to conduct its transfer business before the window slams shut on 1 February at 11pm.

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