Inter join Barcelona in Wijnaldum transfer race as Liverpool contract winds down

Inter Milan are ready to rival Barcelona as they both eye Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman was heavily linked with the Spanish side in the summer after Ronald Koeman, who was previously the Netherland boss, took charge.

They were unable to get a deal over the line however despite Wijnaldum's contract winding down at Anfield.

And now, according to Calciomercato, Inter are poised to join the chase with CEO Giuseppe Marotta adding Wijnaldum to his wishlist

Liverpool could receive an approach from the Italian side in weeks with the player no closer to signing a contract extension.

The Reds are prepared to give the Dutchman a bumper pay rise – up from £75,000-a-week to £105,000.

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But Wijnaldum, who was one of Klopp's first signings back in 2016, has now turned 30 and has spent the last six years on Merseyside.

Liverpool are keen to keep a player who has made 199 appearances for them and also helped deliver the Champions League in 2019.

But the former Newcastle man may want to pursue a new challenge and has previously refused to commit his future to the Reds.

“I can’t say anything about that (my future)," he said. “Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”

Barcelona boss Koeman has made his interest known and is not put off by Wijnaldum's age.

The Catalans have been linked with a host of Dutch players including Lyon's Memphis Depay.

They are struggling financially however and are desperate to cut their mammoth wage bill by selling some of their first team stars.

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