Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool as a free agent in the summer and even before his Anfield exit, various midfielders were linked to the Merseyside club.

Among them was Lorenzo Pellegrini and the Reds wanting the 25-year-old was discussed in Italy and Spain. They, however, finished the window without bringing in a replacement for the Dutchman.

Calciomercato doesn’t mention as to why Jürgen Klopp’s side and Barcelona never took concrete steps to acquire the player’s services, but Liverpool and Barca’s decision to ‘swoop in’ for the Italy international saw the Serie A side experience ‘some moments of tension’.

Luckily for José Mourinho and co., Pellegrini always put his current employer ahead of other clubs. In addition to this, he never considered to ‘leave on a free transfer’ when his Roma contract expires in 2022.

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The website adds a five-year deal is ‘practically ready’, which will include a salary of €4m per season. His €30m release clause also will be excluded from the new contract.

To sum it up, Liverpool and Barcelona trying to swoop in Pellegrini caused some concerns to Roma in the summer.

That’s all behind them now and the player is close to committing his long-term future to Giallorossi.