Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has reportedly agreed, in principle, a deal to join Serie A side Inter at the end of the season.
According to Claudio Raimondi of SportMediaset, as transcribed by FCInter, Wijnaldum has a “handshake” with Inter and they decided that he will join them on a free transfer in the summer.
Wijnaldum is out of contract at Anfield in July and Inter are free to speak to him and agree a formal deal, which will become official before the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
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If this update is accurate then it seemingly ends any hope left of Wijnaldum extending his contract at Liverpool and remaining on Merseyside, which is a shame given that he has still been an integral part of the squad for Jurgen Klopp this season. Wijnaldum has been a regular in the midfield despite the uncertainty over his future and been a dependable figure during a season of injury woes and frustrating results.
Wijnaldum will leave behind some lovely memories for Liverpool fans after his many years of service. The Dutch international helped the club win a Premier League and Champions League trophy and has made 222 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring 22 and assisting 16 in that time. This means that, hopefully, Liverpool fans can give him a warm sendoff and wish him the best for the future, if this move to Inter does come to pass.
Inter could also be a great place for Wijnaldum to go and play. They have won 18 Serie A titles over the years and are currently top of the table and on course for number 19, showing that they are one of the best sides in Europe at the minute. It could give Wijnaldum the opportunity to go and experience football in a new country and win some more trophies before the end of his career.
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