Georginio Wijnaldum has rejected a new deal offer from Liverpool, according to a recent report.
The 29-year-old’s current contract at Anfield expires next summer, meaning that he’ll be free to open talks with foreign sides in January as things stand.
Barcelona have been touted with an interest in his signature following Ronald Koeman’s arrival as head coach, with the pair having worked together for the Netherlands.
The Spanish heavyweights have reportedly been banned from landing Wijnaldum this summer, but Football Insider reports that they have received a boost in their hopes of bringing the player in on a free transfer in 2021.
The report states that the Dutch international has rejected the proposal of a new long-term contract extension on Merseyside following months of discussions between the two parties.
He has seen competition for places in Jurgen Klopp’s side increase this summer following the arrival of the Spanish star Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
Wijnaldum has made 189 appearances for the Reds since joining in 2016, playing a key role in the club’s UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FIFA Club World Cup triumphs over the past two years.
Meantime, Liverpool are allegedly prepared to press ahead with a reported deal for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.
Having signed Diogo Jota from Wolves last weekend, it was claimed that Liverpool had ended their efforts to land Sarr before the end of the summer transfer market.
However, according to France Football, club chiefs have recently held more discussions with agents of the Senegal international.
The report claims that the PL champions and recently-relegated Watford are ready to do a deal for a fee in the region of £36 million.