Liverpool have been patient in the transfer market this summer, though some would call this hesitant. The Reds have moved on one first team player and brought another one in but the club’s business appears to be far from over with a transfer saga unravelling in front of our eyes. James Pearce has given his verdict on the Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum situations.
Thiago and Wijnaldum
This summer Liverpool have been continuously linked with a move for Thiago from Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard is out of contract next season and is intent on finding a new challenge.
Until recently there was little concern surrounding Gini Wijnaldum – sure, he hasn’t sign a new contract but there is plenty of time – then Ronald Koeman took over at Barcelona and reportedly made signing Gini a ‘priority‘.
There is now a feeling in the air that Thiago could arrive once Gini Wijnaldum has been sold.
James Pearce on the saga
Trusted journalist James Pearce recently discussed the speculation surrounding Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum. He gave his verdict to the Red Agenda Podcast:
“Of course there’s interest [in Thiago], he’s such an elite performer. I think in normal circumstances Liverpool would go against their usual – it might not be their usual way to spend that money on a 29-year-old…but I think he’s that good that if they hadn’t had the financial impact of COVID then it becomes more straightforward.
“It’s only likely to happen if a vacancy opened up in that central midfield department and clearly the most obvious one would be Gini Wijnaldum, I think those situations are clearly linked…he hasn’t done anything to push for a move so far, Liverpool aren’t actively looking to sell Wijnaldum.”
Pearce goes on to confirm that Barcelona could firm up their supposed interest in the coming weeks but without an exit from the midfield, the Thiago deal looks unlikely.
What RTK has to say
This transfer merrygoround appears to be edging towards inevitability.
If Ronald Koeman is as keen on Gini as we are led to believe then Barcelona will surely land the Dutchman.
If the Camp Nou club do bring in Gini then it would be incredibly surprising if the Reds didn’t act on their longstanding interest in Thiago.
This mad hatter changing of places seems to work out well for everybody, Thiago would refresh the Reds’ midfield and will bring with him a winning pedigree that can only positively influence the rest of the squad.