Mauricio Pochettino to Paris Saint-Germain could well have implications for Liverpool. It’s a roundabout way but Pochettino to PSG may cost them Gini Wijnaldum.
L’Equipe reported this week that Mauricio Pochettino will replace Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. That’s not really a surprise to anyone – he’s one of the biggest available managers and an ex-PSG player.
So why should Liverpool care?
Well, if we believe certain reports, this could spark a transfer chain for Gini Wijnaldum. We’ll work backwards here.
FC Inter News of the TuttoMercatoWeb network claims Internazionale want Wijnaldum. They have a problem, though – his wages.
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If they want to bring him in for free, they need to make room and arugably the best way to do that is by moving a player on. Say, Christian Eriksen.
The Dane only arrived a year ago but has never fit in. Moving him on would free up space to give Wijnaldum what he wants.
And last week, Sky Italia claimed that Eriksen is indeed on the market. Well, it’s less that they claimed it and more that Beppe Marotta – Inter’s sporting director – outright said it.
So things are moving in the right direction for Inter here but one problem remains – sell Eriksen to who?
And this is where Pochettino and PSG come in.
TuttoMercatoWeb now claims that Inter could sell Eriksen to PSG, possibly with a swap for Leandro Paredes. Eriksen had wonderful success at Tottenham Hotspur under Pochettino and reuniting the two sounds sensible for everyone involved.
A swap wouldn’t completely clear the wage bill, of course, but it would surely free up enough room for Inter to do business with Wijnaldum.
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There are a good few moving parts here. Inter need to find a bidder, complete a deal for Eriksen, and then convince Wijnaldum.
It’s difficult for them but well within reason.
As for Liverpool’s place with Wijnaldum, we think they’re in a tough spot, too. We’re officially at the point where it doesn’t make sense for the Dutchman to rush a decision, given clubs can formally negotiate with him in just two days.
Inter are a great option for him. And if PSG appoint Pochettino, then Eriksen could well move, and Inter would surely talk to Wijnaldum.
As with all transfers, this is wait-and-see – but on the face of it, everything lines up well.