Gini Wijnaldum has specific demands as he nears contract discussions with outside teams, according to reports. The Dutchman’s deal expires at the end of the season.
It does look like Gini Wijnaldum is leaving as Liverpool still haven’t met his demands. That’s strange, on paper, as the 30-year-old is a key player in the Reds’ team.
He’s also one of the only players who has been consistently fit this season. That’s worth a fortune to Liverpool as they deal with an injury crisis.
But perhaps we’ve already mentioned the problem here – he’s 30.
Wijnaldum is brilliant but he’s leaving his best years. So consider that when you read that, per FC Inter News, he wants a four-year contract.
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That is apparently his demand from the Italians as they look to sign him for next season.
Now, we don’t know the wage demands but we can expect them to be high. Wijnaldum is an elite player, after all, in a hugely successful team.
And in our eyes, Liverpool don’t strike us as a team who want to be paying big money to a player past 30.
A four-year deal would mean Liverpool are paying a lot of cash out to a player at ages 32, 33 and 34. We don’t really see 31 as a problem.
But beyond 31, it is very much a problem. James Milner is about as good as it gets for a player in that age bracket but we wouldn’t pay huge amounts of money for him at this stage.
Wijnaldum will turn into a squad player at Liverpool over the next few years. That just seems inevitable, given the young talent at Anfield right now.
We imagine, then, that Liverpool only want to pay him like an elite squad player over a four-year deal. Wijnaldum, however, may feel that he can earn a lot more as a first-team player at a slightly lesser side.
Inter fit that description and supposedly want him. And if this is the case, it’s a hurdle Liverpool likely won’t overcome.