Georginio Wijnaldum: Ronald Koeman wants Liverpool midfielder in pivotal Barcelona role

Wijnaldum has just one year left on his Liverpool deal and talks over a new one are yet to take place

Ronald Koeman and Gini Wijnaldum
Image: Ronald Koeman and Gini Wijnaldum had a close working relationship during their time together with the Netherlands

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum to play a pivotal role in his rebuilding project at the Nou Camp.

Reports coming out of Barcelona which suggest that Wijnaldum has already agreed terms with the La Liga club are incorrect.

Wijnaldum, 29, is in the final year of his current deal and understood to be keen to stay at Anfield if agreement on an extension can be reached.

However, negotiations to extend that contract have yet to take place.

Liverpool manager Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about his midfielder's contract situation and as yet there has been no contact between the two clubs.

Koeman worked closely with the Liverpool midfielder during his time as Netherlands boss.

Liverpool's Gini Wijnaldum celebrates his team's opening goal in their 5-3 win over Chelsea at Anfield
Image: Wijnaldum has made 186 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Newcastle in 2016

Wijnaldum will be 30 in November. He moved to Liverpool from Newcastle United in a £25m deal in July 2016.

Since, he has scored 19 goals in 186 appearances under Jurgen Klopp.

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