Georginio Wijnaldum will not be tempted in staying at Liverpool after the season ends. The player wants to complete his dream move and play for Barcelona.
Liverpool will have to start searching for a new midfielder in the transfer market between now and next summer as they face life without Georginio Wijnaldum.
The player will reject any new offer from the club and has chosen the Camp Nou as his next destination. He would like to enjoy a similar career as his Dutch idols have that have taken the pitch before him.
Gini Wijnaldum will snub Liverpool’s last-ditch efforts to keep him at the club – to fulfil a boyhood dream with Barcelona.
The future of the Dutch international has been up in the air as his contract nears expiry and his switch to Catalonia will happen at the end of the season.
Wijnaldum’s ambition was to join the Spanish giants thanks to the Dutch connection with the club and he wants to follow in the footsteps of Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman and Frank Rijkaard. (Via: The Mirror)
The worst is behind Klopp and the Reds
Now that a solid decision has been made after a whole lot of back and forth in a standoff between Liverpool and Gini over a new deal for the past couple of transfer windows, the club can finally start making plans for life without the world-class midfielder.
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It was plain to see the club and Dutchman could not find a middle ground with him rejecting each new offer for different reasons each time a better deal was laid down on the table. The first issue was his role at the club and how important he will remain to Klopp.
The second refusal came when he wasn’t satisfied with the length of the proposal. The player wanted no less than four years. Then it was the salary, which was the final straw. He felt worthy of sitting in the same salary bracket as the Reds’ best earners at Anfield.
Quite frankly, the club thought he was not as important as Virgil van Dijk (£220,000-per-week) and Mohamed Salah (f £200,000-per-week) who comes home the best-paid outfielders. They were never coming back in with an improved deal for him after the last failed attempt.
The always-fit central midfielder was a key component in Jurgen Klopp’s reconstructed squad who have become one of the most feared assembled English sides in Europe today.
He’s had some defining moments while at Merseyside, in their Champions League and Premier League triumph. However, his most important attribute to Klopp and why the German is so hesitant to lose him is his availability. He is always fit and consistently an option for the Reds boss.
Some targets identified already
Liverpool have been on the lookout for some fresh meat. They have been linked with a few players but some names have popped up more often than others.
Lille’s Renato Sanches and Brighton’s Yves Bissouma have been the two names coming up frequently, with the duo being mentioned many times over the past couple of weeks recently. The other possible replacement is Udinese’s midfield star, Rodrigo De Paul.
This does mark the ending of Gini which is a big and tough pill to swallow but also brings forth new and exciting times for Liverpool fans, who now know their club is forced to do work in the summer window.