Liverpool reportedly name a remarkably cheap asking price for Gini Wijnaldum. It’s one that could prove to be genius, however.
But the club’s owners ‘will not contemplate’ losing the player for free in a year. Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season, after all – but wait until they hear what happened with Emre Can.
Regardless, this report sounds very confident that Wijnaldum will move to Barcelona this summer. Even if the Catalonians apparently want to pay a measly £10m for the player right now.
What RTK has to say
Now, that £15m price is incredibly low for a player as good as Wijnaldum. It’s so low, in fact, that we almost think it’s worth keeping him and losing him for free. What he could offer over the next season is likely worth more than £15m.
But it’s probably not worth losing out on Thiago.
Liverpool reportedly want the player and as ESPN outline here, the move relies heavily on Wijnaldum leaving. Jurgen Klopp and co. can’t justify another first-team midfielder right now but if there were space, they’d make their move.
That £15m would go some way to paying his £30m price, too.
We think Thiago could prove to be a game-changer at Liverpool. He’s a world-class player and one who would allow the Reds to play a more advanced possession game. That makes £30m a bit of a bargain, in truth.
But only if there’s room. If there isn’t, it’s money wasted but Liverpool want to assure Wijnaldum leaves with their £15m price. Yes, they’re not getting anywhere near what he’s worth but if it secures Thiago, the gamble could end up looking like genius.