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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum with manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum with manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum with manager Jurgen Klopp

Georginio Wijnaldum has been waiting to finalise his future since saying his farewells to Liverpool last month and now he looks set to complete his next move.

Barcelona came close to capturing the Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum last summer, but the Catalan club failed to agree a fee with Liverpool and opted to wait to sign the midfielder on a free transfer this summer.

That process has been held up in recent days as doubts emerged over the future of Barca coach Ronald Koeman, who has been pushing to bring Wijnaldum to the Nou Camp.

Now word emerging from Spain suggests Koeman's future has been resolved, as he will stay in charge for next season, paving the way for Wijnaldum to complete his move.

Memphis Depay is also expected to join Barcelona on a free transfer now that Koeman is staying, with Sergio Aguero among free transfer signing after he completed his move from Manchester City earlier this week.

Barcelona are also close to wrapping up a deal that will see Lionel Messi remain at the club, with his current contract set to expire this summer.

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Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Messi is expected to accept a pay-cut on his current lavish deal, but the arrival of his close friend Aguero and positive talks with the club suggest his efforts to leave Barcelona last summer are now forgotten.

"Talks are ongoing with Messi's people," said Barcelona's President Joan Laporta. "As I have said, they're going well. We hope to keep making progress.

"It's not done but I am convinced, like Aguero said, that they would like to play together here. I have always said the issue with Leo is not financial for him.

"He is showing a lot of understanding and wants to stay and have a competitive team that wins trophies. The sooner we have a decision, the better, of course, but we're not in a rush."

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