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Report: Barcelona fall short with offer to Gini Wijnaldum

Barcelona fell short with their initial offer to Gini Wijnaldum, according to reports. It’s a surprising boost for Liverpool.

This comes from FC Inter News of the TuttoMercatoWeb network. They report that Internazionale want Gini Wijnaldum.

Meeting his wages will be tough, however. They’d have to clear some space on their bill, most-likely by selling Arturo Vidal.

But they feel as though they have a chance. That’s because Barcelona fell short with their offer to Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman chases around £8.6m per year but Barcelona fell £1.7m short of that mark. That’s a fair difference, costing Wijnaldum £6.8m over a four-year contract.

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This comes just days after The Times claimed Wijnaldum had agreed to join the Catalonians. The Liverpool Echo, however, says no such deal is in place.

And while everyone expects Wijnaldum to move there, Barcelona’s offer explains why things aren’t done. There’s no guarantee they’ll make up that difference.

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We don’t think Wijnaldum will remain with Liverpool. But this does edge that outcome a little closer to reality.

After all, if no one else will pay him what he wants, he’ll surely stick with home.

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Inter are an interesting outsider here, though. It sounds like they’re willing to move some pieces to sign Wijnaldum but it remains to be seen what they can offer.

Sitting at the top of Serie A, they’d undoubtedly be an attractive move. But finances in Italy aren’t strong – can they really stump up more than Liverpool would offer?

That might be the biggest question, here. Wijnaldum to Barcelona appears to be a little ways from completion and if anyone steps in with a better offer, they’ll turn his head.

Liverpool, though, will rely on the same possibility as always – that no one else gives Wijnaldum what he wants. Only then will he stay at Anfield.

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