Liverpool have been operating with surgical precision in the transfer market in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has been buying diamonds in the rough at bargain prices and squeezing any buyers for every penny. This summer has been no different so far. The Reds received a decent fee for an ageing Dejan Lovren and bagged a solid backup defender for a snip. However, if Liverpool do sell Gini Wijnaldum for €25m it would be a rare example of poor business.
Gini Wijnaldum is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield.
The Dutchman has become a fan favourite since joining the Reds for £25m in 2016.
He arrived as a goal getting attacking midfielder but under Jürgen Klopp he has been transformed into a dynamo in the middle, covering every blade of grass and constantly harassing opposition.
At the minute there is no news on a new contract for Wijnaldum, meaning that the Reds could lose the ex-Newcastle United man on a free transfer next summer.
Barcelona interest in Wijnaldum
Ronald Koeman has recently taken charge at the Camp Nou. The Catalan side sacked Quique Setien after he was humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Blaugrana swiftly appointed club legend Koeman, with the new boss having to leave his post as Dutch national manager.
Since arriving at the Camp Nou the coach has, according to Sport in Spain, made signing Gini Wijnaldum a ‘priority’, allegedly making it ‘non-negotiable’.
The Spanish giants apparently believe that they could bag him for as little as €25m.
Rare example of poor business
If Liverpool were to sell Gini Wijnaldum to Barcelona for just €25m then it would be a rare example of poor business from the Reds.
Gini is one of the most well rounded midfielders on the planet at the minute, he changes games, he controls the midfield on his best days.
Last year we saw him grab two decisive goals against Barcelona to send the Reds through to the Champions League final.
He terrorises Manchester City whenever we play them. €25m simply isn’t enough for him.
However, because the club have allowed him to enter the final year of his contract, they may have no choice but to cash in – they could lose him to Barcelona on a free in January if they don’t.
This is one instance where the Reds haven’t been cautious enough, haven’t gotten all of their ducks in a row. If they weren’t going to extend his contract they should have cashed in for a far greater amount last year.