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Report: Gini Wijnaldum agreed Barcelona move but price ended deal

Gini Wijnaldum had actually agreed a deal with Barcelona, according to reports. The move fell apart because of the asking-price, however.

This comes from Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish outlet claims Gini Wijnaldum ‘agreed everything’ with Barcelona but the deal broke down.

Liverpool wanted too much money – £22m to £26m – for Wijnaldum. But Barcelona weren’t prioritising a centre-midfielder and figured that was too much for a player on an expiring contract.

Unsurprisingly, the Catalonians still want Wijnaldum. He’ll be free at the end of the season, after all, saving them a lot of money.

But that comes with a catch – other teams can get involved. Internazionale like him, according to CalcioMercato, while Sport believes Real Madrid want him.

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Barcelona face quite a fight, then.

What RTK has to say

The way transfers work these days, it’s entirely believable that Barcelona and Wijnaldum has a verbal agreement.

We also completely believe that Barcelona felt £22m was too much. Wijnaldum’s contract is expiring, after all.

 

So the real story here, from a Liverpool perspective, is that Wijnaldum agreed terms with a club. It points to the player leaving at the end of the season and that there is at least one club out there offering a deal that Liverpool won’t.

And that would be a blow. Wijnaldum has been a key player for years now, really ever since his arrival. Losing him would hurt, especially as everyone around him can’t stay fit.

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Wijnaldum’s reliability and consistent energy in midfield helps Liverpool tick. Losing that would mean the Reds head in a new tactical direction or simply become a lesser team.

Either way, Wijnaldum leaving would be a blow that we’d rather not see. Hopefully, Liverpool can find a way to keep him at the club but if this report is accurate, that seems quite unlikely.

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