Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed terms with Barcelona over a switch from Liverpool, according to reliable sources.
Wijnaldum has been at the centre of speculation over a possible move to the Nou Camp after the midfielder entered the final year of his Reds deal.
The Reds may have to step up efforts to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, with one report from Spain claiming Wijnaldum has agreed on a three-year deal with the La Liga giants.
New Barca head coach Ronald Koeman is believed to be a fan of the 29-year-old, having worked with him during his time as the Dutch national boss. Talks between Wijnaldum and Liverpool over a contract extension appear to have hit an impasse, although Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about the situation.
But Wijnaldum has now agreed on terms with Barca over a move that will leave Liverpool needing reinforcements, according to Diario Sport. The Spanish publication claims Wijnaldum has agreed on a three-year deal, with the Catalan club now negotiating a transfer fee with the Premier League champions expected to be in the region of £13million to £18m.
Barcelona have signed Miralem Pjanic, but Koeman needs more additions, with Arthur and Ivan Rakitić having departed to Juventus and Sevilla respectively, while Arturo Vidal also looks set to leave.
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Liverpool since joining from Newcastle for £24m in 2016, having helped the Reds to last year’s Champions League success, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup – and of course this year’s stunning Premier League title success.
Source: Mirror UK