Bayern Munich ‘refuses chance to sign Georginio Wijnaldum after talks with agent over salary demands’ with Liverpool midfielder in final months of contract at Anfield
- Bayern Munich wanted to sign Georginio Wijnaldum, but has now withdrawn
- Wijnaldum’s representatives have reportedly traveled to Munich to negotiate a deal
- The European champions felt that he was demanding far too much in terms of salary
Bayern Munich has reportedly turned back the chance to sign Georginio Wijnaldum over what they see as outrageous wage demands.
The Liverpool midfielder is out of contract this summer, meaning clubs outside of England have been free to approach him since January this year to discuss personal terms and conditions for a free transfer, which several top European teams would be thrilled with.
But according to Evening newsGerman giants Bayern have now withdrawn from the race to sign the 30-year-old Dutchman.
Bayern Munich has reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool
German giants would have been put off by the wage demands of the 30-year-old midfielder
Wijnaldum’s team apparently traveled to Munich, but the reigning Bundesliga and European champions felt there was little, if any, chance of closing a deal given his contract requirements.
Bayern have signed historically significant players on free transfers from rivals including Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka.
But Hansi Flick’s side is said to favor Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus and is therefore willing to pass on Wijnaldum, which is of interest to Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
The news may come as a boost to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (center), who likes him
Barcelona has been closely associated with the 73-cap international, with manager Ronald Koeman well aware of his talents working with him while he was Holland boss.
However, the Catalan side may have to fire Miralem Pjanic before they can move to Wijnaldum, and may give child prodigy Ilaix Moriba a first-team slot instead.
Despite contract uncertainty, the former Newcastle player led the Reds in the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
He played 229 games in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s team, scored 22 goals and remains a professional and reliable asset.
But the situation is not ideal for Liverpool, as they compete for the Champions League qualifying spots and are currently sixth, even outside the Europa League positions.
They are also faced with leaving the Champions League in the quarter-finals after losing the first leg 3-1 in Spain, although they host Zinedine Zidane’s squad the following Wednesday at Anfield in search of another remarkable comeback victory in Europe.