Why is Gini Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool this summer? We try to answer the question on the day of his probable last game for the club.
Gini Wijnaldum is almost certainly leaving Liverpool after today – but why?
The simple answer is that his contract expires at the end of the season, of course. If it isn’t renewed, he can’t play and it almost certainly won’t be.
As for why that is, it appears to come down to value.
Why is Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool?
Wijnaldum reportedly wants to stay at Liverpool but he wants to be paid what he thinks he’s worth. Liverpool also want Wijnaldum to stay but they only want to pay him what they think he’s worth.
And that valuation appears to be very different.
Per Sky Sports, Wijnaldum would like to remain and there is a contract offer on the table from Liverpool. However, the Dutchman wants more than the club will offer.
Now, on the face of it, that’s strange. Wijnaldum has been a big player for Liverpool over the last five years but they’re not willing to spend enough to keep him.
We can turn to the Mirror for the reason why. They say Liverpool have strict financial rules in place that prevent big, long-term contracts from being offered to players over 30.
Wijnaldum, of course, turned 30 this season. Liverpool don’t want to lock him down on a large wage over several seasons – even if it means losing him for nothing.
And that seems to be the brunt of it. The two parties value Wijnaldum at very different amounts and that will them part at the end of the season.
There’s always time for things to change, though. Wijnaldum hasn’t announced an agreement with any other club but has been able to do so since January 1st.
And until he does, that Liverpool offer remains on the table. It doesn’t look like he’ll sign it but the option is there.