Liverpool have reportedly made a difficult business decision that risks the future of Gini Wijnaldum.
The Daily Mail claims that Liverpool will not negotiate any contracts until the future is more certain. The current global health crisis means no one actually knows when they’ll play games – or even if.
Thus signing contracts with anyone is tough. How much money will be available? What and when are you negotiating contracts for? Will the transfer market completely crash?
No one knows the answers to any of them.
Liverpool’s response is to stop any dealings with players – both incoming and outgoing. One other effect is that contract renewals are on hold.
The latter puts Wijnaldum’s future up in the air. The Dutchman is out of contract in July 2021, meaning this is the final transfer window where Liverpool can expect any money for him.
If they don’t tie him down, they risk losing him for free next year. That’s a major problem as £25m Wijnaldum is one of the key parts of Jurgen Klopp’s team.
He’s played 36 games this season, before the halt, and we believe he’s become the best in the world at his role. In short, he’s not a player you want to lose at all, let alone for free.
But this tough business decision comes at the expense of any certainty over Wijnaldum. It does grant certainty in control over finances during this crisis, of course, but Wijnaldum’s future is the sacrifice.