There are two standout problems in Liverpool’s contract talks with Gini Wijnaldum, according to reports. The Dutchman has one year left on his deal.
The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst detailed the issues in a Q&A for the paper on Wednesday. There, he explained exactly why the club and player are struggling to agree terms.
“I was told a few weeks back that no active talks were happening over new deal,” he wrote. “but recent reports suggested Klopp has tried to address the issue directly.
“He was coy when asked about that on Friday but I think the issue was around the length of the contract and salary demands from Wijnaldum’s representatives. They perhaps feel their client should see his importance reflected in the terms.”
Wijnaldum has one year left on his current deal before he can leave the club for free. He could even start negotiating with other teams in January.
Barcelona reportedly want the player, too, but whether that means in this window or 2021 is unclear.
What RTK has to say
It makes sense that these would be problems, of course. Wijnaldum turns 30 towards the end of the year and Liverpool will naturally be hesitant over a long-term, high-wage deal.
But the fact that both are sticking points doesn’t bode well. If the issue was merely the length of the offer, then you can easily negotiate. Same with the wage.
It sounds, however, as though there’s little room to manoeuvre. How do you talk them down from a long-term deal without raising the wage? How about the other way around?
Assuming this is true, it’ll come down to where Gini Wijnaldum wants a new contract. Liverpool won’t budge, we imagine, so if he wants to play for the club going forward, he’ll have to sacrifice.
Sky Sports did recently claim that he wants a new contract at Liverpool. But we’d have to guess that he wants it at the terms his agents suggest – which the Reds don’t appear to like.
Alternatively, if he is happy to play for Barcelona, then he won’t move his demands and will see if Liverpool blink.
This one isn’t ending anytime soon, it seems.