Georginio Wijnaldum has verbally indicated to Barcelona he will accept their offer and join when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season, Football Insider has been told.
This site revealed on 13th March that Wijnaldum’s move to Barcelona was “95 per cent done”, contrary to Spanish reports stating the club had cooled their interest.
It has subsequently been claimed that the Holland international has already put pen to paper on a deal.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the deal is not yet done but it is edging closer.
Wijnaldum, 30, has told Barcelona he will join at the end of the season and complete what has been “his dream transfer” since boyhood.
Key to the deal being finalised is Ronald Koeman staying on as Barcelona manager for a second term.
That seems very likely following the election of Joan Laporta as the club’s president last week, a move that significantly increases the chances of Lionel Messi signing a new contract.
Laporta has also thrown his weight behind Koeman remaining and the Dutchman has made no attempt to hide his admiration for Wijnaldum.
His countryman’s free agent status from this summer makes it an additionally attractive deal for the club amid some major financial issues.
Football Insider revealed last November that Liverpool were to try again in the new year to revive discussions with Wijnaldum and his agent Humphrey Nijman.
But negotiations are still at a stalemate and the Merseysiders have almost given up any hope of keeping him.
Wijnaldum has remained a key player in Jurgen Klopp’s side, starting 27 of their 29 Premier League matches this season as well as six Champions League fixtures.
He has made 226 appearances for the club in five years, scoring 22 goals and supplying 16 assists.