Virgil van Dijk will soon test the contract rules at Liverpool. That’s judging from a new report that explains ‘strict financial limits’ at the club.
It’s no secret now that Gini Wijnaldum will likely leave Liverpool. His contract expires at the end of the season and we imagine he’d have re-signed by now.
The Mirror explains the situation. There is, apparently, an offer on the table and has been since last summer.
Wijnaldum won’t sign it, however, as he wants to be rewarded in line with a key player. Liverpool won’t budge.
And there’s a reason for that. It’s not because Wijnaldum isn’t very good but because there are ‘strict financial limits’ in place.
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Those limits say Liverpool won’t offer a lot of money to players over 30. Wijnaldum, who turned 30 this season, won’t get what he wants, then. He’s too old.
You can read our thoughts on that here but there’s another interesting question with all of this. Will Liverpool change their contract attitude with Virgil van Dijk?
Put to the test
According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool want to give Van Dijk a new contract this summer. And that’s quite interesting.
Van Dijk turns 30 on July 8th, meaning the Reds would offer him limited terms beyond that. If they stick to their own rules, of course.
So there are a few questions to ask. Are they getting it done before then to avoid their rule? Would they actually limit themselves with Van Dijk once he’s 30?
Or would they make an exception for one of the world’s best players?
We suspect it’s the latter. We just can’t imagine Liverpool offering Van Dijk limited terms and telling him ‘it’s because you’re 30 now’.
Wijnaldum, it seems, isn’t quite good enough to justify big wages past 30? We probably disagree with that, in all honesty.
Regardless, we should find out how strict the rules truly are this summer. Van Dijk’s contract asks serious questions.