The Dutch midfielder joined the Reds back in 2016 from Newcastle United in a deal believed to be in the region of £25m and has since gone on to make 170 appearances for the Merseyside club in the Premier League (via Transfermarkt).
Speaking about the Liverpool star’s future at Anfield, Romano had this to say on the matter.
He said: “So there is a new president, new board, let’s see with the manager – for sure the situation of Ronald Koeman will be the key, because Ronald Koeman is in love with Wijnaldum. Those following me know that they were trying to sign Wijnaldum also last summer, he was really close to sign for Barcelona, then they didn’t find an agreement with Liverpool.
“So he’s a target for sure. Barcelona want him. They are talking with the agents, so we can say that there is something they are negotiating and Barcelona are so interested, but at the moment there is nothing signed or done, just because they have to plan for the future, they are to understand about the position of Ronald Koeman, and then they will decide also on players.
“So the truth is that 90%, I would say Gini Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool.”
Will Wijnaldum leave this summer?
Wijnaldum has played in all 29 of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season but has only found the back of the net twice in those appearances (via Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Romano’s comments…
The rumours surrounding Wijnaldum’s future only seem to be heading one way with a deal sounding like it is getting closer, according to recent reports. The Dutch midfielder played a huge role in Liverpool’s title-winning season after making 37 appearances in the league, so if he is to leave he will have big boots to fill – which Liverpool are already planning on filling, according to reports.