With a year left on his Liverpool deal and an extension apparently off the table, there was plenty of speculation that veteran Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum could have joined former national team boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona over the summer.
When he didn’t, with the player and Liverpool deciding the best way forward was for the 29-year-old to see out his final year at Anfield, it settled Wijnaldum’s short-term future—but meant we were always going to get speculation about what would come next.
Today, then, we’ve got a transfer rabbit hole to fall down as The Liverpool Echo cite TeamTalk who cite 90min who claim that Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have both reached out to Wijnaldum’s people to let him know they’re interested.
Questionable veracity aside, that’s potentially two new suitors joining Barca with offers of a final big contract for Wijnaldum as we creep closer to January when the midfielder will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of England.
There is also, perhaps, still an outside chance of Wijnaldum and Liverpool re-opening negotiations and extending his time on Merseyside, though for now at least a pre-contract and then departure on a free next summer certainly looks the more likely option.