Georginio Wijnaldum’s contractual situation at Liverpool has been one of the most talked-about events throughout the same year that saw a global pandemic on top of a first league title victory in 30 years.
It showcases just how important the Dutchman has become to the club since his arrival in 2016 amid the growing concerns that loom towards the expiration date of his current Liverpool deal that ends in 2021.
Wijnaldum’s future has gained even further traction in the last two days following Ronald Koeman’s confirmation as Barcelona manager on Wednesday.
Koeman was Wijnaldum’s international head-coach for a two-year period and the Liverpool maestro was quick to congratulate his former manager on social media.
Koeman’s arrival at the Camp Nou unsurprisingly has fueled rumours that the 29-year-old has become a reported target of Barcelona’s with some reports even claiming that Koeman has urged Wijnaldum not to sign a new contract with Liverpool.
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However, Wijnaldum’s current contractual situation as of yet isn’t something to be too concerned about and is actually more common than first thought among other Premier League clubs.
A common problem for PL clubs
A recent article from Goal highlights the current landscape regarding contracts amongst Liverpool’s PL rivals and it certainly offered an interesting insight.
While Liverpool themselves, have a number of players – such as Wijnaldum and Adrian – whose futures remain unresolved yet this is something that is made to look quite normal in the publication.
Even the Reds’ biggest title rivals next season Manchester City have a number of players including Sergio Aguero and Fernandiniho who are both set to leave the club at the end of the 2021 season.
Arsenal are also at risk of losing both their club-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside their highest earner Mesut Ozil who both have expiring deals next year.
The same can be said for Manchester United, who are still yet to finalise fresh agreements regarding the future of Paul Pogba, who also has a deal close to the expiration date.
There is an argument to be had that one of the obvious reasons for a lack of urgency regarding Wijnaldum’s future on Liverpool’s part can be due to the financial complications that come from the ongoing global pandemic.
The true and lasting impact on Covid-19 still remains ambiguous hence why Liverpool are currently reluctant to the idea of squandering money on potential transfers and new lucrative deals.
This isn’t the club questioning Wijnaldum’s value to the team in the slightest just a business operating as shrewdly and sensibly as they can in an economic crisis.
Liverpool still have time on their hands and Wijnaldum himself has shown no intent to leave the club which argues a deal can certainly be agreed in the future.
Wijnaldum is one of the club’s great leaders in a team that have become serial winners over the previous 12 months meaning there is value placed on every member of the squad including the youngsters.
Perhaps what is most telling from the report is that while many may only see the negatives to Wijnaldum’s current contractual situation, the reality is that there is a greater financial headache that has come to directly affect every club in the English top-flight and Liverpool are not exempt from this.
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