Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is set to reject the new contract that he will be offered by Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Liverpool is trying all they can to extend the midfielders' stay at Anfield but the latest reports from The Mirror suggest that the player has already set his mind about leaving the club on a free.
The reports say that Wijnaldum’s boyhood dream has been to feature for Barcelona after some of his country greats in Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, and Frank Rijkaard having featured for them in the previous years.
Wijnaldum wants Liverpool to make him one of the highest-paid players in the squad something that the club is reluctant to do considering his age and the financial constraints that have hit most clubs in Europe due to Covid.
Barcelona coach admitted last summer that they were interested in the player and a re-union, with both having worked at the national team, is expected to happen soon.
The 30-year-old has been a key member of the Liverpool team that has been dominant in Europe in recent seasons and feels that he has achieved everything in England and wants a new challenge as he heads into the twilight of his career.
He has featured in all but two of Liverpool’s matches across all competitions this season with starts in 21 of these and playing the entire 90 minutes 18 times.
He joined the Reds from Newcastle in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £25m and going by the accolades he has won at the club, Liverpool can feel that the money they used on him was well spent.