Inter Milan remain keen on free transfer of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan remain keen on a potential free summer transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum once the midfielder’s Liverpool contract has expired next month.
The Serie A champions are paying close attention to the Dutchman’s situation while they look to strengthen Antonio Conte’s squad, as the San Siro natives are likely to be forced into targeting those available for low or zero cost.
Inter are one of many Italian sides to have been financially hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, and are in negotiations with their current players over potentially giving up two months’ salary to help with the situation.
It was also because of the difficult financial picture in Milan that Inter froze negotiations with Wijnaldum’s representatives in March, despite appearing to make progress toward reaching an agreement after several meetings were held over a number of months.
Wijnaldum was thought to be open to a move to the San Siro but has since also been linked with Barcelona, with The Times reporting that a pre-contract had been agreed with the La Liga giants after the 30-year-old decided that now is the time to leave Liverpool.
The 73-cap international has made 235 appearances in all competitions over his five years at Anfield following a £25million (BBC) move from Newcastle United in 2016, in which he has scored 22 goals and offered 16 assists.
While it seems a guarantee that Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool once his contract expires at the end of next month, a move to Inter Milan is questionable with the club in the gripes of a financial struggle and asking players to forgo two months’ worth of wages.
It would look very poor for the Nerazzurri to hold back pay and then sign Wijnaldum, even on a free transfer, with Calciomercato previously reporting that he has demanded a €10m a season wage (£165k-p/w) as well as a signing on bonus.
That would leave the previously expected move to Barcelona as Wijnaldum’s only realistic destination away from Merseyside, where Jurgen Klopp is a huge believer in him and said via the Reds’ club website: “Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset, 100 per cent.”
Wijnaldum has remained a key part of Klopp’s plans this season, as well, with appearances in all 36 Premier League games, both FA Cup ties and all but one Champions League fixture, to leave Liverpool likely needing to sign a replacement when his terms expire.
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