Miralem Pjanic appears to hand Liverpool a bit of hope with his transfer stance. The Bosnian reportedly comes into play over Gini Wijnaldum.
It’s not exactly a secret that Barcelona want Gini Wijnaldum. We’ve been putting up with talk for nearly a year now, in fact.
Sport claim a deal is close. Wijnaldum, whose contract expires in June, has a verbal agreement and all that’s left it ratification from the club.
But there’s another interesting part in there. Barcelona’s financial situation takes away movement in the transfer window.
As a result, they need to move players on in order to sign new ones. For Wijnaldum, that means selling Miralem Pjanic in the next transfer window.
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Sin Conseciones say the same, believing the Bosnian will move on to make way for Wijnaldum.
But there’s a problem – Pjanic doesn’t intend on leaving.
Mundo Deportivo asked the player if he wants to stay at Barcelona despite his lack of game time. It was a resounding ‘yes’.
“Yes, of course,” he said. “I did not sign for Barça to leave the following year – I signed to make history at the club.”
That creates a problem, then, and not the first in this saga. We believe a deal likely would have happened a long time ago but Barcelona had to wait for their presidential elections before signing anyone.
Those happened earlier this month, finally putting things on track. But now Pjanic appears to be a real obstacle.
And in turn, he does hand some hope to Liverpool.
The Reds do have an offer for Wijnaldum on the table – per the Mirror – and if Barcelona can’t sign him, he may re-sign. It’s a long-shot, though.
It really depends on how severe things are at Barca. If they really can’t afford Wijnaldum unless Pjanic leaves, the Bosnian is potentially immovable obstacle.