Liverpool are leaving their transfer business uncharacteristically late this year. The Reds typically get all of their deals wrapped up at the start of the window but unprecedented circumstances have forced the club to adjust. We could see a key departure before the end of the window – according to Sport, Barcelona want to sign Gini Wijnaldum for as little as €15m.
Wijnaldum future unclear
Gini Wijnaldum has become a fan favourite since his £25m move from Newcastle United in 2016.
The Dutch midfielder has won the hearts of the fans with his tireless running and determined attitude.
He has also popped up with important goals when needed, we will never forget his brace against Barcelona in 2019.
Despite his influence on the fans and the dressing room, he is entering the final year of his contract and there’s no news about a new deal – leading to speculation he could leave the club this summer as the Reds seek to avoid losing him on a free.
Barcelona want Wijnaldum
There has been a number of reports in the past couple of weeks linking Barcelona with a move for Gini Wijnaldum.
The interest makes sense. Ronald Koeman, a big fan of Gini, has recently taken over at the Camp Nou – allegedly making the midfield dynamo a ‘priority‘.
The former Netherlands manager is allegedly keen to unite the Reds’ midfielder with Frenkie de Jong at Barca.
According to Sport, Barcelona are hoping to sign Wijnaldum for ‘little more than €15m’, also claiming that the midfielder has given the ‘ok’ to moving on a three-year-contract.
What RTK has to say
We simply refuse to believe that Liverpool would let Barcelona sign Wijnaldum for as little as €15m. This would mean the club losing around £10m on the player.
Neil Jones at Goal has refuted the report saying that there has been no contact, despite reports to the contrary from Spain.
We may well lose Gini to the Catalan side, it wouldn’t be a surprise given the contract situation and the allure that Barcelona has for Dutch players. Being a part of the Johan Cruyff legacy is a big pull for players from the Netherlands, even more so if you get to join Koeman there.
However, we can rest assured that Michael Edwards will squeeze Barca for every last penny if and when they come knocking.