Liverpool stood little chance with Gini Wijnaldum, judging by a reported offer from PSG. The Reds will lose the Dutchman this month.
Gini Wijnaldum’s contract ends on June 30th, completing a wonderful five years with Liverpool. He’s developed into an elite midfielder on his way to winning the biggest trophies and leaves a legend.
But why aren’t Liverpool renewing his contract? We had a go at explaining the situation last month.
There has long been a contract offer on the table, per Sky Sports, but it appears it wasn’t for very much money. Or at least, not as much as Wijnaldum feels he’s worth.
Liverpool won’t budge on their valuation, though. The Mirror claims they don’t want to offer a big contract to a player over 30, which is exactly what Wijnaldum wants.
It essentially comes down to a difference of opinion, then. Wijnaldum wants to be paid like an elite player but Liverpool won’t make that kind of investment.
People will fall on both sides of the argument. On the one hand, Liverpool likely won’t sign a better replacement anytime soon. On the other, Wijnaldum almost certainly won’t be worth the wage in two or three years when he winds down.
Other clubs appear willing to meet his valuation, however.
Wijnaldum gets PSG offer
It appears Wijnaldum will join Paris Saint-Germain, according to the BBC. They say he was near a deal with Barcelona but PSG made him a ‘better offer’.
That tells us two things – that Barcelona’s offer was better than Liverpool’s. And that PSG’s offer must be quite ridiculous.
Fabrizio Romano claims PSG made an offer to Wijnaldum that was double what Barcelona had in mind. Double.
PSG, then, have offered so much money that it doubles an offer that was already better than Liverpool’s offer. And given that Wijnaldum was supposedly ‘desperate’ to remain with the Reds, we can imagine that Barcelona’s offer was significantly better.
Liverpool didn’t really stand a chance here, then. PSG are paying way over the odds for a 30-year-old who isn’t actually a star player. In fact, we don’t believe Wijnaldum would be in Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice XI next season.
He didn’t start the last campaign that way – we think Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago will take the three midfield spots.
Liverpool were never in any position to offer this kind of money for Wijnaldum. It’s the kind of offer only PSG can make, really.