Liverpool rarely get things wrong in the transfer market. The Reds have been a paragon of sensibility in recent seasons, selling before buying and always opting for the smart buy as opposed to the glamorous one. This doesn’t mean that the club are immune to mistakes. The way Emre Can left should motivate Liverpool to sell Gini Wijnaldum.
Emre Can free transfer
Liverpool signed Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 for a fee of £10m.
The German midfielder gradually established himself as one of Jürgen Klopp’s most useful squad players, his versatility became vital as he popped up all over the pitch – playing centre midfield, defensive midfield, centre back and even right back at a point.
Emre’s time at Liverpool came to an end in 2018 when he joined Juventus on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Anfield.
The move meant that the Reds missed out on what could’ve been a substantial fee for the player.
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Gini Wijnaldum contract
This year Gini Wijnaldum is entering into the final season of his contract with Liverpool.
The Dutchman has been at Anfield since 2016 and in this time become a fan favourite due to his dynamism and determination, as well as his ability to grab big goals in big games.
Barcelona are, according to reports in Spain, keen to bring the midfielder to the Camp Nou as new gaffer Ronald Koeman seeks to reunite with the player he so admired when coaching the Netherland national team.
Not another Can episode
Losing Emre Can on a free should motivate Liverpool to sell Wijnaldum whilst they can.
It is a tragedy that it has gotten to this point, I, like many Kopites, adore Gini. He has ran his socks off for us every week for four years. However, it would be a travesty to let him leave on a free transfer.
The club don’t appear willing to agree terms on a new deal with the Dutchman and as a result they run the risk of repeating the same mistake they made with Can, who joined Borussia Dortmund for €25m this summer.
We cannot afford, particularly in this financial climate, to miss out on the transfer fee Gini could generate.