Barcelona have reportedly ‘practically ruled out’ signing Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum this summer according to Spanish publication Sport.
Having been heavily linked for some time, the Catalan giants looked to be the favourites to land the Dutchman when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Since former Holland manager, Ronald Koeman took the helm at the Camp Nou and negotiations with the Reds stuttered, Wijnaldum had looked destined to make the move to link up with his compatriot.
However, following the impressive emergence of Ilaix Moriba, the report states that whilst the experienced ace remains an ‘affordable’ option, Barca will look to prioritise signings in other areas.
Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be keen to retain the services of the man he recently described as this seasons ‘most consistent’ player.
During his time on Merseyside, Wijnaldum has been a reliable servant, perhaps never more so than this campaign as those around him suffer.
The 70-cap Holland star has made 225 appearances for the Reds since signing from Newcastle in 2016 for £25m (BBC) – a remarkable 39 of those appearances have come in this season.
As the midfielder alluded to himself this week, it would be a sad day should Wijnadlum leave the club this summer.
Having built up a rapport with both teammates and the supporters, there aren’t many who would be pleased to see the Dutchman leave.
Barcelona’s potential absence from the pursuit hands Liverpool a huge boost in their hopes to keep Wijnaldum, with other offers on the table, arguably less attractive propositions.