£75,000-a-week playmaker will stay at Liverpool amid Barcelona offer

La Liga have reportedly stepped in to block Blaugrana from sealing the transfer of the Merseyside giants playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum this summer. The 29-year-old midfielder is said to be a top target for Ronald Koeman at the moment, but it looks the Spanish top flight’s current covid restrictions will ban them from making a move.

Gini has been a crucial footballer for Reds and is also well known by Ronald from their time together with the Dutch national team, but a deal now seems in major doubt. Barca’s current financial problems mean they are operating under strict financial guidelines, which means footballer sales will be essential if they are to get any additions in.

As well as that, the report claims the Blaugrana would have to match any transfer fees paid with a donation to the Spanish government to help cover costs of the covid-19 health crisis. Reds supporters will be relieved that these tight regulations are in place, as it surely means they’re going to be able to keep hold of the crucial footballer.

Wijnaldum has been a crucial part of the Reds recent success and should stay a regular even with the big-name addition of Thiago Alcantara. Although being treated as a separate deal, Reds and Wolves have also negotiated another transfer at the same time as Jota, with promising right-back Ki-Jana Hoever moving to Molineux.

The Dutchman, who is highly thought of around Melwood, will cost Wolves nearly £9m initially with another £4.5m in add-ons, while Reds have also retained a 15% sell-on clause.