Liverpool are set to defend their Premier League title next season and will be doing so on a shoestring budget due to the impact of the global health crisis. This will take some nifty maneuvering in the transfer market as the club will have to buy before they sell. With this policy in mind Gini Wijnaldum could be set to leave Liverpool if reports of Thiago agreeing a 4-year-deal are true.
Liverpool agree Thiago deal?
Kopites have once again got their hopes up about a marquee signing, even though we have been warned time and again by Jürgen Klopp that we can’t afford to spend big this summer.
This time around RMC Sport has reported that Liverpool have agreed a 4-year-deal for Thiago Alcantara and that the player has already told some of his teammates and found a house to move into.
The report does qualify that whilst they believe that Alcantara has agreed a deal the two clubs still need to negotiate a fee.
Still no Wijnaldum contract
One of the themes of the last six months has been the never ending negotiations over a new contract for Gini Wijnaldum.
In June The Guardian reported that positive talks had been held in an effort to tie Gini down to a new contract but there has been near total silence still.
The lack of developments on this front has led some to guess whether or not the club will cash in on Wijnaldum. The Dutchman is now entering the final year of his contract and at 29-years-old his next deal, if he were to stay, would likely be his last before retirement.
Thiago arrival means Gini departure?
Thiago Alcantara is just five months younger than Gini Wijnaldum, both will turn 30 next season.
Given that FSG have focused on signing young players who will increase in value it would be a surprise if the Reds gave both midfielders contracts this summer.
Therefore, if reports are true that Thiago has agreed a four year deal with the Reds then Gini could be on his way out – the Reds won’t want to be lumbered with two players in their 30s with expensive contracts.
This would make sense in that we would need to raise the funds to bring Thiago in in the first place, though the move would indicate a massive show of faith in the pressing abilities of Curtis Jones and the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.