Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Liverpool are currently working on a strategy to replace Georginio Wijnaldum. The 30-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer.
This comes from Romano, as per Ball Street’s YouTube channel. He believes Liverpool are scouting a number of options should Wijnaldum indeed leave the club in the coming months.
“Yes and for sure they are looking for some young players for if Wijnaldum will leave the club,” Romano said.
Bissouma and Sanches linked
This follows reports that Liverpool are interested in midfield duo Renato Sanches and Yves Bissouma.
This certainly makes sense given both players are young and relatively the same age, too.
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Also, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago Alcantara will all be 30 come the beginning of next season. With that said, it is paramount that Liverpool have a couple of midfield options lined up for the future.
For one, the midfield duo are currently valued at £30 million or under. This will certainly bode well with sporting director, Michael Edwards, who is a notoriously a tough negotiator in the transfer window.
Also, Bissouma and Sanches both have Premier League experience, more so in the case of the former, which is a rare find in the cuurent market these days.
Which would benefit Liverpool more?
Ideally, Liverpool would sign both, however, given the number of midfield options already at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, only one seems likely.
Bissouma is a safer option in our opinion. Given his impressive season with Brighton, he certainly has the credentials to learn and improve under the likes of Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho.
On the other hand, Sanches is cheaper with an asking price of just £18 million. He is, however, famously known for underwhelming spells at both Bayern Munich and Swansea.
Luckily, Liverpool do not judge players too much on previous experiences with other clubs. Just look at Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson.
His current club-side Lille are currently locked in an enthralling title race in Ligue 1 with PSG and Lyon. He was in fine form prior to a muscle injury he sustained back in November.
Sanches was back in action for the first time in eight weeks, however, last weekend during a 1-0 victory against Nîmes Olympique.
All in all, it’s encouraging to see Liverpool are taken a forward-thinking approach to Wijnaldum’s unresolved contractual dispute.
Either Bissouma or Sanches both have the potential to be top players. We will be watching this transfer saga very closely in the coming months, then.