£75,000-a-week playmaker could leave Liverpool next summer

Georginio Wijnaldum is increasingly likely to leave the Merseyside giants next summer, but won’t be sold in winter under any circumstances, according to a report. The Netherlands international was supposed to have been made redundant by the addition of Thiago Alcantara in September, but that has not come to pass.

Where other managers might have limited his involvement due to his deal situation, the German manager has stuck by Wijnaldum and Wijnaldum has stuck by Jurgen Klopp, he has appeared in every match but the League Cup win over Lincoln City.

There was huge speculation that he would join Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou, but an offer from the La Liga side never materialized, and Wijnaldum now seems ready to enter the final six months of his Liverpool deal without extending his stay.

The opportunities of him staying are looking less and less likely with every passing week. They say it would take a ‘major change of heart’ from either the club or the footballer for him to stay beyond June.

Central to that is said to be Gini’s deal demands. Despite his clear importance to the team, the Merseyside giants are reluctant to table a long-term deal that would make him one of their highest earners, and that is what Gini and his agent are holding out for.

The Dutch midfielder is aware of what he could be earning elsewhere, but the Reds aren’t prepared to break from their wage structure to keep him. Despite deal negotiations breaking down, however, it looks as if things are more than amicable between the 30-year-old midfielder and the Reds.