According to reports from the Independent, an ideal scenario for Liverpool this summer would be the club maintaining the services of Georginio Wijnaldum, selling excess midfielders and adding Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara claims Melissa Reddy.
Wijnaldum and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp are expected to meet on Wednesday to begin discussions over the Dutchman’s future amid growing interest from Barcelona.
The 29-year-old recently entered the final year of his Liverpool contract yet no progress has been made regarding an extension to his current deal due to differences between the player and club over core elements such as the length of a new deal.
Wijnaldum is expected to return to Melwood today after representing the Netherlands national team against Italy and Poland in the Nations League.
Liverpool have options
Liverpool reportedly do not identify losing Wijnaldum on a Bosman next season as detrimental, but Reddy confirms that if Wijnaldum wanted to pursue a move in the current window then it would open up a vacancy at the club for Liverpool to accelerate interest in Thiago.
This has prompted what has been described as the ‘ideal scenario’ to unfold for Liverpool if a number of financial variables are first met.
As it stands, Liverpool cannot justify moving in for Thiago and keeping Wijnaldum given the club currently have seven midfielders – not including Harry Wilson or Marko Grujic on their wage bill.
This could still change given the window isn’t set to close until October 5 and the Reds have made it clear which players they will look to raise additional funds with following reports that Wilson, Grujic and even Rhian Brewster could all be sold this summer.
The difficulty for Liverpool is that the current economic climate has made clubs cautious in their transfer approach and the Reds are yet to receive any concrete offers for much of the aforementioned fringe players who could change the financial landscape for Klopp and Liverpool.
Klopp has maintained that Liverpool are limited on who they can buy as transfers will only be deemed as pursuable if the money is ready-made from the outgoings of other players in the squad.
Liverpool so far have only added left-back Kostas Tsimikas (£11.75m) as cover for Andy Robertson and that move was only sanctioned after cash became available following the £10.9 million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.
Klopp has maintained patience and insists he is happy and content with what he already has although what remains clear is that in an ideal world he would be able to keep the bulk of his Premier League squad as well as being handed the opportunity to make additions in the transfer market.
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