This summer, like many summers under FSG, Liverpool will have to sell to buy. We have already seen this with the departure of Dejan Lovren being followed swiftly by the purchase of Kostas Tsimikas. The question is: who next? Whether or not Liverpool decide to sell Gini Wijnaldum could foreshadow whether or not Sadio Mane or Mo Salah will be sold in future.
Wijnaldum contract expiring
Gini Wijnaldum is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield.
The Dutchman has been a tremendous servant for the club since his £25m switch from Newcastle United in 2016.
He has become an integral part of the Reds’ midfield and will always be remembered for his brace against Barcelona during that comeback.
With a year left on his deal and still no noise about an extension there are many who believe he could be heading for the exit.
Barcelona want Wijnaldum
Ronald Koeman has recently taken over at the Camp Nou after the club sacked Quique Setien in response to the 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The new boss has reportedly (Sport) made Barcelona signing Gini Wijnaldum a ‘non-negotiable priority’.
Having managed Wijnaldum whilst coach of the Dutch national team it should come as no surprise that Koeman wants to take the Reds’ midfielder to the Camp Nou.
Decision could foreshadow future sales
If Liverpool do choose to sell Wijnaldum instead of renewing his contract then it could be an indicator of their future approach.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have attracted interest in the past, Barcelona reportedly want Mane now if they have to replace Lionel Messi.
To sell Wijnaldum would be an unsentimental move, it would be a decision to cash in whilst they can.
If the Reds do cash in on Wijnaldum then why wouldn’t they cash in on Salah or Mane?
Heading towards their 30s the club could easily quadruple their money on either player. Selling Wijnaldum could indicate that FSG would rather cash in on their stars whilst they can – if they don’t then they could be left with stars on expensive contracts heading into the twilight of their careers.
This could be a telling summer for the Reds. Do they go for sentimentality and continuity or do they opt for the money and fresh faces?