Bayern Munich passed on the chance to sign Gini Wijnaldum, according to reports. They’ll instead battle Liverpool for a different target.
This comes from Abendzeitung. They claim that Bayern Munich were recently offered Gini Wijnaldum.
That will have come from the player’s people, of course. Wijnaldum is out of contract in the summer, allowing him to leave Liverpool for nothing.
But it turns out Bayern didn’t like the idea. They rejected the opportunity, though not because Wijnaldum isn’t good enough.
They aren’t interested for two reasons – age and price. Wijnaldum is asking for too much money in his next contract, it seems. That’s presumably why he hasn’t agreed a new deal with Liverpool.
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Bayern, though, have another target in mind. They’re after Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus.
Again, this involves Liverpool. Bild claim the Reds like Neuhaus and are also looking to sign him this summer.
Neuhaus would cost around £34m, according to both outlets.
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It appears both Bayern and Liverpool want similar things, then.
Reportedly, Liverpool can’t agree a deal with Wijnaldum for exactly the same reasons as Bayern. The Mirror claims ‘strict financial rules’ are in place, limiting the amount they’ll offer players over 30.
Wijnaldum, who is 30, can’t secure a big contract with either Liverpool or Bayern, then.
And that’s a shame for both clubs, really. Not so much because of Wijnaldum but in the chase for Neuhaus.
That battle would be a lot easier if the other would just sign Wijnaldum. Instead, a desire for long-term value pushes the Dutchman to one side in favour of the younger talent.
As for how this affects Liverpool’s chances, it certainly doesn’t look simple. Bayern have a near-monopoly on top German talents and Neuhaus fits that bill.
Liverpool have a lot of convincing to do if they want to sign the player.