Barcelona could be in a position to kickstart transfer business at Liverpool, according to reports. They appear to want things done quickly this summer.
Catalonian radio station RAC1 claims that Ronald Koeman has no plans for Luis Suarez next season. Barcelona apparently hope to terminate the Uruguayan’s contract, despite there potentially being another two years left.
It all suggests that Barcelona won’t wait. They want their rebuild to happen now, even if that means losing Suarez – a striker with 21 goals last season – for free.
So how does that benefit Liverpool? Well, outside of maybe considering Suarez themselves, it also sounds like Barcelona are open for business. And that could kickstart a transfer chain.
One out, one in
Koeman is reportedly a big fan of Gini Wijnaldum, per Sky Sports. Barcelona haven’t made an approach for the midfielder but it certainly seems that they want the player. And why wouldn’t they? Koeman used him brilliantly for the Dutch national team, while Wijnaldum’s contract is expiring in a year.
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The question, then, is whether they wait to get him for free or move for him now. Ditching Suarez’s contract for free gives the impression that they want things now – even at a cost.
And that would help make a tough decision for Liverpool.
Liverpool want Thiago but can’t justify a move for the player. The Independent says that’s because there are too many midfielders already at the club – a situation that fixes itself if Wijnaldum moves on.
It also means Liverpool would get a transfer fee for the player, rather than lose him to Barcelona for nothing in a year. Again, that’s beneficial, even if they immediately spend the money on Thiago.
Wait and see
It looks like this would benefit everyone. Barcelona can start their rebuild, Liverpool get the player they want, and Bayern Munich get their money.
But it all comes down to Barcelona. They need to decide that now is more important than patience and convince themselves to bid for Wijnaldum. If they do, this transfer window may kick into another gear.