Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has not dismissed taking on a new challenge outside of Anfield, claims Melissa Reddy.
Wijanldum, 29, has become the subject of interest of Barcelona after the appointment of manager Ronald Koeman on Wednesday which has added an interesting dynamic to the future of the Netherland’s international.
Koeman practically built his attack around the technical capabilities of Wijnaldum during the former Everton manager’s two-year stint in charge of the Dutch national team.
Reddy claims that a change of scenery might appeal to Wijnaldum given he has won the biggest trophies available at Anfield coupled by the fact he could also receive a sizeable contract at the Camp Nou as the La Liga outfit prepare to rebuild.
Wijnaldum has just one year remaining on his current Liverpool contract and will be allowed to begin discussions with other clubs from January if an extension isn’t to be agreed upon.
It is entirely possible that in 2021, Wijnaldum – who currently earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac – could agree on a pre-contract with Barcelona while reported Liverpool target Thiago does the same and agrees to link up at Anfield next year.
According to Reddy, squad management and harmony among the players are integral to manager Jurgen Klopp’s thought process next year meaning that unless there are outgoings in the midfield area, it is highly unlikely the Spanish international will join the Reds this summer.
It shouldn’t be ruled out either that Wijnaldum could indeed opt to stay at Anfield beyond next season given he is an integral player to Klopp’s midfield set-up.
The former Newcastle United star clocked up more appearances than any other squad member in Liverpool’s midfield and Wijnaldum has unquestionably been the Reds’ most consistent performer in regards to that specific area for the past three seasons.
Reddy also adds that sales at Liverpool will continue to be orientated in regards to the shape of the team.
With that said, Wijnaldum’s future seems to be the key determining factor as to whether Thiago is pursued or not.
Liverpool recently added Kostas Tsimikas to the club’s ranks after identifying that left-back was a position that desperately required fortifying.
Also, the Reds effectively paid for the signing of the Greece full-back having sanctioned the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg for £10.9 million.
Injuries or other unforeseen circumstances can still alter Liverpool’s transfer policies this summer yet at this present moment there is too much uncertainty surrounding the rumour mill to clarify whether or not Wijnaldum will stay or leave which, of course, will have a domino effect on the future of Thiago.
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