We can take a solid guess at how Gini Wijnaldum wants to handle his contract after a new report. The Dutchman has under six months left on his deal.
Sky Sports report that Liverpool have a contract offer for Gini Wijnaldum and it remains on the table. Said offer is ‘long-standing’, although they stop short of putting a date on it.
So we don’t know exactly how long Wijnaldum has considered this offer. But it does tell us two things.
Firstly, that Liverpool know what they want to offer Wijnaldum and intend to stick to it. If they were willing to budge, they surely would have done so ahead of January.
Instead, the Reds have their offer out there and that appears to be that.
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But this report also tells us about Wijnaldum’s plan. Tellingly, he hasn’t rejected the offer and could, therefore, still accept it.
So why hasn’t he? We imagine it’s because the £25m man wants to weigh up all of his formal offers before accepting anything – even if he does want to stay at Liverpool.
That could take us a good few weeks, then. Barcelona – supposedly a potential suitor – have presidential elections later this month. They’re unlikely to offer contracts until they know the results.
So taking all of this in, we can take a fairly solid guess that Wijnaldum simply wants to see everything available to him. There doesn’t appear to be an offer on the table that he’s hugely in favour of.
In our opinion, that pushes him towards the exit door. It feels as though he doesn’t actually like the Liverpool contract offer, whatever it is.
The only way he’ll stay, then, is if nothing else matches his demands. That’s certainly possible but feels unlikely.
Liverpool may have reservations over his age and role in the team going forward. Certain other teams – and Barcelona may be one of them – won’t have those reservations.
They’ll offer Wijnaldum a sizeable contract to be a star player for them. That’s something Liverpool just can’t – he’s not one of the top three players here.
Still, we could be totally wrong with this call. Perhaps the Liverpool offer remains the best and Wijnaldum signs it.
What’s clear is that he won’t make a sudden decision.