Liverpool do not often make mistakes in the transfer market. Michael Edwards has helped develop Red’s recruitment to the envy of the world. But the club is currently on a collision course for a decisive loss. Liverpool may still have hopes of retaining Gini Wijnaldum as Barcelona reportedly cannot afford to raise their salaries.
Gini Wijnaldum problem
Liverpool signed Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle United back in 2016.
The Dutchman was a target to get the attacking midfielder when he arrived.
Jürgen Klopp soon turned him into a dynamic ball winner.
He has been one of the shining lights in Jürgen’s counter-pressure system.
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We have seen him chase opposing players violently over the years.
He has also appeared with some important goals, he put in a brace in the famous comeback against Barcelona.
Now his future is uncertain. The midfielder’s contract expires in the summer, which means that he is free to negotiate a prior agreement from January.
As it looks, there has been no movement on a new deal.
Barcelona and Wijnaldum
Ronald Koeman left his job as manager in the Netherlands during the summer to take over at Camp Nou.
From the moment he arrived at the Catalan club, rumors spread about his interest in Liverpool’s Dutch dynamo.
Koeman reportedly made Barcelona sign Gini Wijnaldum a “priority”.
Given the history between the two clubs in the transfer market, the Spanish team’s interest has remained relatively respectful as they would rather not cause further division after how they handled moves for Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona Economy and Gini Wijnaldum
According to Mundo Deportivo, the pandemic has caused “terrible damage” to Barcelona’s economic strength.
The Catalan side already had to cut spending after wage costs grew to a ridiculous size.
The impact has been so great that the club reportedly cannot afford to renew Lionel Messi’s deal.
Given the economic constraints in Barcelona, they may not be able to afford Gini Wijnaldum.
Liverpool can still hope to keep the Dutchman.
The current problem seems to be that we can not afford to pay him what he wants in a long-term deal given that he is now 30 years old.
However, the landscape of Barcelona may mean that they can not afford either.
Fingers crossed the unbalanced books in Spain could help Liverpool tie Gini Wijnaldum to a new contract.
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