Gini Wijnaldum is free to talk to non-domestic clubs from January 1st. We pick out three reported options and see who the most worrying threat is.
Sky Sports reports that Barcelona are waiting in wings. You’d certainly have them down as the most obvious of the clubs interested in Gini Wijnaldum.
But as that report says, Barcelona are in a tricky financial place. They’re in a trick footballing place, in fact. They’re a risky option – but a glamorous one.
You’d imagine that moving there depends on Ronald Koeman and how desperately he wants Wijnaldum. But also whether Koeman stays long-term. It’s hard to judge that at Barcelona right now.
If they have the money and Koeman stays, they’re the biggest threat to get Wijnaldum. If either of those slips, though, the chances drop close to zero.
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If it does, then Inter offer a pretty stable environment for Wijnaldum. They’ll compete at the top of Serie A, give him a very prominent role, and may match his contractual demands.
Liverpool may not able to do the latter two. (They technically can’t compete at the top of Serie A, either, but you get what we mean).
If it all comes together, Inter represent a big threat for Wijnaldum. It’s a huge club that ticks a lot of boxes for the player.
Gazzetta dello Sport believes Wolves are in for Wijnaldum, too. But this one is so strange that we can’t help but wonder if they’ve got something crossed.
Reports link Wolves with another Liverpool player, after all – Divock Origi.
But let’s take it at face value: we see no chance with this one. It would be such a step down for Wijnaldum and they’re also a club he can’t negotiate with until June.
It just doesn’t quite add up, although we can certainly believe Wolves would want him. How they get the deal done, though, is beyond us.
The positive outlook is that we don’t see a rival who can easily offer Wijnaldum a better deal. Inter need to make moves beforehand and Barcelona are incredibly unpredictable.
From that point of view, Wijnaldum would surely stay and sign a new contract – but probably not on the terms he wants.
If Inter or Barcelona sort themselves out, however, they represent really tempting options for the player. In that case, we think Wijnaldum would leave, five years after his £25m arrival.