Liverpool are confident of agreeing a new deal with Georginio Wijnaldum this summer amid great uncertainty over their transfer plans, Football Insider has learned.
The Merseysiders had been expected to be active in the market after a quiet 2019 but the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic has stalled their negotiations.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that one deal the club are very hopeful of finalising Klopp is a new and improved deal for Wijnaldum.
Talks have started with the Dutch midfielder on extending his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2021.
An agreement has not yet been secured but there is confidence one can be despite the club facing a black hole in their finances.
Liverpool’s bid to entice Timo Werner from RB Leipzig is on hold while they wait to see the impact of Covid-19 on how much will be available to Jurgen Klopp to strengthen his squad.
The Merseysiders have been hot favourites to sign the Germany striker, who is keen to leave Leipzig this summer and take the next step in his career.
A new deal for Wijnaldum is less complex and a considerably smaller financial commitment.
The midfield mainstay, who turns 30 in November, is said to be seeking a long-term deal, and the length of that is likely to be at the crux of negotiations.
Klopp is in no doubt about the importance of a virtual ever-present in his starting XI and a key man in Liverpool’s domination in recent seasons.
He was one of the seven Liverpool players named in the top 30 of last year’s Ballon D’Or awards.
Wijnaldum has started 28 of the club’s 29 Premier League matches this season – he missed the Bournemouth win through injury – among 38 appearances in all competitions.
The 61-times Holland international has made 177 appearances for the Merseysiders since his £25million arrival from Newcastle United in 2016.
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