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Liverpool can't let reported rule allow Gini Wijnaldum to join Chelsea

Liverpool can’t let their ‘strict rule’ allow Gini Wijnaldum to join Chelsea. The Blues reportedly want the 30-year-old.

Marca report that Chelsea are in the race to sign Gini Wijnaldum. They’re hardly alone in that, of course.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also want the 30-year-old as he comes to the end of his contract. Each of the latter trio can offer him terms right now.

Chelsea, though, would have to wait until the season is done before offering terms, given they’re a fellow English side. They’re only getting him if no one else can.

But how has this situation come about? How can Liverpool’s rivals come this close to signing a key player?

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It supposedly comes down to a ‘strict rule’ at Anfield.

Bending the rules

The Mirror claims there is an offer on the table from Liverpool. Wijnaldum need only sign it – he just doesn’t want to.

That’s not out of any dislike for the club, nor is it a lack of desire to stay. It’s because the offer isn’t very good.

And there’s a reason for that. Liverpool have a ‘strict rule’ in place, says the Mirror, that prevents large wages for players over 30.

Wijnaldum, of course, turned 30 this season.

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But Liverpool surely can’t stick to those rules so strictly that the player signs for Chelsea. That would be a nightmare scenario.

Watching your rivals get stronger purely because you didn’t want to spend a little extra cash every month is not good business. We understand Liverpool’s hesitance but with Chelsea hovering, they’ve surely got to up their offer.

Wijnaldum is still a top player and, in fact, has been Liverpool’s only reliable midfielder this season. Everyone else has struggled to even stay fit, let alone deliver all season.

Wijnaldum has done both. He’s still at the top of his game and Liverpool, surely, can’t allow him to sign for Chelsea because of their own rule.

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