Liverpool are interlocked in a transfer battle with Barcelona for Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Jurgen Klopp needs to replace Gini Wijnaldum and he has set his sights on the AS Roma man.
Mundo Deportivo understands that Pellegrini is open to leaving unless his contract is handled properly. Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Barca are all monitoring his situation as a release clause of just €30m looks enticing.
Wijnaldum was far too important a player for Liverpool to ignore. His impact was massive in Liverpool restating their position as an English giant in world football. The Dutchman ignored Barcelona in shocking fashion and revealed why he turned down Liverpool’s contract offer.
Wijnaldum told Voetbal International via Sport Witness: “I am still emotional because at that moment you realise: It was my last game for Liverpool. Also, the fact that before me, many players left who didn’t get something like that makes it special for me.”
On why he is leaving Liverpool, the Dutchman added: “There are many supporters who ask me why I didn’t just accept the offer from Liverpool to extend my contract.
“But of course, it’s not just that. It’s about much more than that. There are things happening behind the scenes that you cannot influence as a player. I will explain that after the tournament because now only Orange [Netherlands] counts.
“What I do want to say is that the people at the training complex, the staff of the club, and my fellow players would have liked to keep me.
“I did tell them a bit more. After that, they understood my decision completely. That is important to me.”