Jurgen Klopp still believes Gini Wijnaldum may sign a new contract, according to reports. But time works against the Liverpool boss.
This comes from the Athletic. They say that Jurgen Klopp ‘retains hope’ that Gini Wijnaldum remains beyond this season.
But he also believes that the longer this drags on, the less likely it seems.
Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season, of course. He has his suitors, too, with Barcelona (as per the same article) and Internazionale (per CalcioMercato).
It all places Liverpool in a tough situation. Wijnaldum is free to talk to teams and those teams will almost certainly put more on the table.
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The Dutchman is 30 and part of a packed midfield at Liverpool – Wijnaldum isn’t quite the star. Inter and Barcelona, though, can make him an integral part of their teams.
They’re also more likely to offer good wages on a long-term deal. Given all of Liverpool’s options, we’re not sure they’ll offer similar.
Thus Klopp is absolutely right that the long this goes on, the less likely it feels that Wijnaldum stays.
Sky Sports say that the offer Liverpool have in front of Wijnaldum is ‘long standing’. That suggests they’re not budging on their terms.
Thus is Wijnaldum were to sign it now, it’s because he hasn’t got anything better – not because he likes the deal. That works against Liverpool.
Especially as more and more teams will feel confident about financial packages the closer we get to the summer. His options widen, while Liverpool’s deal may remain the same.
The most obvious of those options is Barcelona. They have presidential elections on the 24th and will almost certainly wait until then before making an offer to anyone.
Perhaps any new president decides against Wijnaldum, of course. That would help Liverpool immeasurably. But that feels unlikely, given the player’s ability.
Unfortunately, someone, surely, will put the right contract in front of him before long.