Gini Wijnaldum has reportedly made his decision and wants to join Barcelona. Liverpool might still have a reason for hope, however.
It’s a slim one but Liverpool could still come out on top. Gini Wijnaldum reportedly has a decision, though – he wants to move to Barcelona.
That comes from the Mirror. They claim he sees Barcelona as a dream destination, wanting to follow in the footsteps of many Dutch legends before him.
And we can’t begrudge him that. As long as Barcelona were interested, though, it seems Liverpool didn’t have much of a chance.
Though, there is still reason for hope – albeit, a very slim one.
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We wrote very recently, in fact, about the possible complications in Barcelona’s interest. The current staff want Wijnaldum but ‘current’ is the key word there.
They have presidential elections coming up that could completely reshape the club from top to bottom. A new president may want to introduce his own directors, his own manager and, importantly, his own transfer plan.
Sky Sports claimed earlier in the month that Barcelona wanted to wait until after their elections before agreeing any deals with anyone. Those elections were set for January 24th.
This lines up with what we’re seeing. It’s the only way to explain why Wijnaldum hasn’t signed for them despite his apparent desire to.
But as AS reports, restrictions in Barcelona have seen the elections put back until March. It could well be that they want to wait until after those elections before agreeing a contract, then.
Especially as it seems that Wijnaldum is willing to wait for them – he’s waited this long, after all.
There is therefore a chance that the new president opts not to back Ronald Koeman and sign Wijnaldum. It’s a very slim one, though, as Wijnaldum represents a fantastic deal for any club on the planet.
But it’s still a chance. We wouldn’t hold your breath but Liverpool do have a reason for hope – even if it feels insignificant.