Liverpool have reportedly offered Gini Wijnaldum a new contract with a 40% wage increase in an attempt to keep him at the club.

According to Calcio Mercato, Liverpool are trying to pin Wijnaldum down to an extended deal as his current one is due to expire at the end of the season.

The report claims that both Inter Milan and Barcelona are interested in signing Wijnaldum on a free transfer next summer.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

Tying down Wijnaldum to an extended deal could be a huge boost for the club given the impact he has had in recent seasons. No midfielder has played more minutes for Liverpool since the start of the 2018/19 season, with Wijnaldum seemingly being Jurgen Klopp’s number one option in the middle of the park. He has been a reliable and consistent figure in the team, helping to keep play ticking through the thirds.

The Dutchman has started seven of Liverpool’s eight Premier League games this season, along with two of the three Champions League matches. Despite the uncertainty over his future, he has been able to perform consistently in the side, which is a credit to Wijnaldum as a person as he has refused to let the speculation affect his performances on the pitch for the Reds.

Hopefully, the 40% wage increase is enough to tempt Wijnaldum into putting pen to paper on a new deal and he is able to reject the likes of Inter and Barcelona. If he does, Liverpool could keep his consistency in the midfield and avoid having to make too many changes to their side each week if the other midfielders in the squad are unable to play as regularly as him.

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