Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has officially chosen to seek pastures new at the end of the season, according to a fresh report.
The Sunday Times claims that the Dutchman has agreed a pre-contract deal to sign for Barcelona.
Wijnaldum will move to Spain for free, as per his current contract running out at the end of the season.
Indeed, the 30-year-old has emerged as potentially one of the most lucrative free agents across Europe this season. However, the newspaper reports that Barcelona have won the race.
The latest report follows claims from Football Insider last weekend, which claimed Wijnaldum had agreed 95 per cent of his move to Camp Nou.
Jurgen Klopp has brought several top signings to Liverpool, but Wijnaldum has his own argument to be the best.
He has proved remarkably reliable in each of his five seasons at Anfield after joining from Newcastle in 2016.
In fact, he made the most Premier League appearances of any Liverpool midfielder last season. What’s more, amid a host of injuries around him this term, he has remained a stoic figure in the team.
However, it now seems as if he has made up his mind, amid further reported interest from Inter.
The Sunday Times adds that signing Wijnaldum will prove a ‘vote of confidence’ in Barca boss Ronald Koeman from new club president Joan Laporta.
Wijnaldum will become Laporta’s first signing since he took charge and is a player Koeman wanted last summer. However, the club’s financial crisis prevented a move.
Wijnaldum has admitted reluctance to leave
Despite reports claiming that he has ultimately chosen to leave Liverpool, Wijnaldum himself hasadmitted reluctance to have to find a way out.
He told a recent press conference: “Really difficult. If that happens, you would be leaving a team that you really love. A team that you shared a lot of years together, a team where you feel really comfortable.
“That would be difficult but, on the other side, you would know the situation why you have to leave.
“It always depends on the situation but I would be devastated [if] I didn’t play with this team any more, that’s for sure.”