Liverpool reportedly face the imminent prospect of making a final decision over the future of Gini Wijnaldum.
Although failing to trouble the headline plaudits and writers, Wijnaldum has been integral to the club’s title success.
The Dutchman has made 36 appearances in the English top-flight this season and generally, he has been very good.
However, his deal is up in 2021 and there appears to have been no breakthrough in negotiations over an extension.
Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano said Liverpool had begun that process last month.
He stated in The Guardian that Liverpool were hopeful of agreeing on an extension after “positive talks” with the player.
However, nothing has been forthcoming and The Atheltic’s journalist James Pearce is quoted as saying his future is “uncertain”.
He said, via LFC Transferoom: “Uncertainty continues over Wijnaldum’s future. If it’s not resolved soon then they’ll have to decide whether to sell him or keep him like they did with Emre (Can) knowing he will probably leave for nothing next summer.”
Romano maintains that the club are working hard trying to renew Gini’s deal with the club but the longer that continues without a resolution, the more likely the Dutchman is to be put up for sale.
However, with the financial impact of the coronavirus, they will not want to offer the 29-year-old, who is on around £75,000 per week, a three or four-year deal on significantly better terms.
Liverpool won’t want a repeat of the Emre Can situation, which resulted in the German leaving on a free for Serie A giants Juventus in the summer of 2018.