Bayern Munich have passed up the chance to sign Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer from Liverpool, according to reports in Germany.
The Netherlands international has decided to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side when his contract expires at the end of June.
Wijnaldum has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe, including Barcelona and Bayern.
But according to Bild, Bayern have decided against signing Wijnaldum due to the midfielder’s salary demands.
The report claims that the 30-year-old is demanding a deal worth €20 million (£17.3m) per season, which is in excess of £300,000 a week.
It’s understood that Wijnaldum’s entourage have travelled to Barcelona this week in order to step up talks with the Spanish club.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman, who managed Wijnaldum during his time with the Netherlands national team, is keen to see the midfielder make the move to Camp Nou.
Wijnaldum was given a guard of honour following Liverpool’s final Premier League game of the season on Sunday.
‘The people in Liverpool have shown me love during the five years. I will miss them, you know? I hope to have played many more years for the club but unfortunately things went different,’ Wijnaldum said after Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace.
‘I have to start a new adventure. I knew I went to a big club. I remember that I was sitting in the living room and the manager said when I come to Liverpool we would win prizes. I am happy it went that will. It would have been really painful to leave the club without any.
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‘It’s really special. Since I’ve joined the fans have sung my name. Week-in, week-out they saw I was giving 100% to give everything for this club. That’s what the supporters want to see and that’s what they appreciate from me. It is something I’m going to miss.
‘Normally you want to leave on a high winning something. Unfortunately this season it was not possible but I’m happy I can leave the club behind in the Champions League.
‘I didn’t sign somewhere else. Everyone knows in football everything can happen. The situation is right now that on 1 July I am not a Liverpool player. We will see what I will do in the next couple of weeks.
‘I will rest a little bit then go to the national team. I will have to look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it.’
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