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Friday's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup: Georginio Wijnaldum, Kylian Mbappe, Declan Rice

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Liverpool on Friday, February 19.

The January transfer window has now closed, leaving Liverpool to begin looking forward to the summer for their next round of recruitment.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Anfield.

Friday morning's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup:

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum's move to Barcelona in doubt?

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Georginio Wijnaldum's proposed move from Liverpool to Barcelona at the end of the season remains in the balance, according to a report.

The Netherlands international is out of contract in the summer and is wanted by compatriot Ronald Koeman at Barca on a free transfer.

Wijnaldum, who has spent the last five seasons at Anfield, has been free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with the Catalan giants since the turn of the year.

According to the Liverpool Echo, however, a move to Catalonia is by no means a given due to uncertainty over the manager's position.

Koeman has pushed hard to sign Wijnaldum, but the former Southampton and Everton boss is under pressure after a disappointing first season in charge.

Barca are also in a bad financial position, meaning that they cannot offer Wijnaldum wages that some other clubs can.

Should the Dutchman indeed depart in the summer, Liverpool are rumoured to have lined up Brighton & Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma and Lille's Renato Sanches as possible replacements.

Real Madrid 'cannot afford Kylian Mbappe transfer fee'

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe reacts on February 16, 2021© Reuters

Real Madrid would reportedly struggle to stump up the cash to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old's existing deal with the French champions expires in 2022, and his future is shrouded in uncertainty amid reported interest from several European heavyweights.

A recent report claimed that a fee of £174m could tempt PSG into selling Mbappe if he does not commit his future to the capital club, but with top teams across the globe in perilous financial positions amid the coronavirus pandemic, garnering such an extortionate amount of money this summer would be extremely unlikely.

As a result, the Daily Mail claims that while Real Madrid have taken a serious liking to Mbappe, they simply could not afford to cough up £174m for a transfer fee and shell out £26m a year on wages.

The report adds that Real Madrid could instead hope to convince Mbappe to sign for the club given his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the promise of filling the 36-year-old's boots possibly too good for the PSG man to refuse.

Liverpool continue to be credited with an interest in Mbappe, who has found the back of the net 21 times in all competitions this term.

More transfer news from Liverpool:

Jamie Carragher tips Kylian Mbappe to make "perfect" Liverpool move
Jamie Carragher insists that Liverpool have a realistic chance of signing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe. Read more.

Manchester United, Liverpool 'contact Declan Rice's agent to register their interest'
Manchester United and Liverpool contact the agent of Declan Rice to discuss the West Ham United midfielder, according to a report. Read more.

PSG's Kylian Mbappe 'only interested in joining Real Madrid or Liverpool'
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is only prepared to head for the Parc des Princes exit door if Liverpool or Real Madrid come knocking, according to a report. Read more.

Mauricio Pochettino confident of keeping Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino insists that the French champions can offer Kylian Mbappe "all of the tools to make him happy". Read more.


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