Gini Wijnaldum is on a six-man Barcelona shortlist, according to reports. Things are about to heat up in Catalonia.
This comes from AS. They claim that Barcelona have a six-man shortlist ahead of the summer and are currently analysing their possibilities.
Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum makes that shortlist ahead of his contract expiring at the end of the season.
It’s an important moment for Barcelona after their recent presidential elections. Joan Laporta is back for a second term and there will be changes at the club.
Lionel Messi is the big factor. As the article says, sorting out his contract situation will influence everything. A potential paycut – or whether he signs at all – could make or break deals.
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But what they do have is a list of players they want. Now it’s a matter of figuring out what to do.
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This is effectively ‘phase one’ of Liverpool actually finding out what’s happening with Wijnaldum. Barcelona were never going to complete or agree any deals until they had their new president.
After all, the new guy could have cancelled deals or wanted an entirely different direction.
As it is, Wijnaldum remains on their list. We imagine the 30-year-old has waited for this and was unwilling to commit to anything until Barcelona could formally let him know.
We’re finally a step closer to an outcome, then. We were supposed to be here in January, of course, but Barcelona postponed their elections until earlier this month.
But we’re finally here. Now there are two steps to go.
Firstly, Barcelona must decide whether they offer Wijnaldum a contract or not. If they don’t, we imagine he’ll lean towards renewing with Liverpool.
If they do offer it, however, then the Dutchman finally has a decision to make. Hopefully, we’re just a few weeks away from learning what the future holds.