Gini Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool over his wage demands, according to reports. The club have strict financial limits.
This comes from the Mirror. They claim it’s almost certain that Gini Wijnaldum leaves Liverpool over wage demands.
The Dutchman’s contract expires at the end of the season, of course. Liverpool have put a new one on the table but it’s been there since last summer.
Wijnaldum won’t sign it, believing he should earn in line with other stars who have helped deliver the recent success. Liverpool, though, won’t budge.
‘Finance people’ at the club has strict limits on new contracts for players over 30. Wijnaldum, who turned 30 this season, falls into that bracket.
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Thus the Reds refuse to offer him what he wants. That’s not necessarily down to his ability but rather his age.
As a result, the club is resigned to losing Wijnaldum on a free this summer.
What RTK has to say
Wijnaldum is one of the best all-around midfielders on the planet. It seems quite insane to lose a player like that for free because you’re careful with money.
We imagine he wants a four or five year contract, of course. The question, then, is whether Liverpool will get performances worthy of high wages over a four-year contract.
We think they would. Wijnaldum doesn’t show signs of slowing down and, in fact, has been the most reliable player in the squad this season.
The hard-line rules on players over 30 just sounds wrong. It should surely be a case-by-case basis and Wijnaldum is a player you can justify it with.
Players like Mohamed Salah, who uses pace for a huge part of his game, may face questions going into his later years. But Wijnaldum? We imagine he’ll be good for the next while.
Probably the duration of his next contract, in truth. All in all, we’re not sure we agree with the reasoning.
If it’s simply a comment on Wijnaldum and their belief that he’ll slow down in his 30s, we’ll trust the judgement. But as a strict financial rule on players over 30? We don’t get it.