Liverpool shouldn’t consider selling Gini Wijnaldum this month. That’s if reports coming out of Spain are accurate.
Sky Sports claims Barcelona want Gini Wijnaldum this month. At the very least, they want him for the summer.
But they could bid this month – things are just complicated. Any bid would come after the January 24th presidential elections.
That means one week to negotiate with Liverpool and if that is the case, the Reds should not consider selling Wijnaldum.
Selling Wijnaldum ahead of his contract expiring has an obvious benefit – you get money for him. Otherwise, the Dutchman disappears for nothing.
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Thus Liverpool have to weigh up any potential fee against what they’d get from Wijnaldum over the rest of the season. But it’s more complex than that.
They actually need to weigh it against what his potential replacement would offer. There’s little to no chance that they’d just sell him without anyone coming in, after all.
In fact, the Liverpool Echo claims that’s one of the few reasons Liverpool would sign anyone. If someone leaves, they’ll enter the market.
But it seems unlikely that Liverpool could get anyone for decent value if they’re signing them in the final week of the window. They won’t even find out if the Catalonians are definitely interested until that week.
Buying in January is usually expensive as it is. When you’re rushed and desperate, prices will only go up even further.
So selling Wijnaldum would either mean a big expenditure on a replacement or no replacement at all. Either way, that surely rules out the financial benefit of a sale?
Liverpool won’t get £40m for a player on an expiring deal, after all. They’ll get a fraction, perhaps not even half that.
Will they get £20m out of Wijnaldum this season? We’d argue yes, as they fight for title. He’s one of the few players who stays fit, for one thing.
While getting a decent replacement in the last week in the window could conceivably cost an extra £20m.
All things considered, if this really is Barcelona’s plan, Liverpool just shouldn’t entertain the idea of selling Wijnaldum. There simply isn’t an obvious benefit.