One of The Reds’ key men, Gini Wijnaldum, is believed not to stay in Anfield any longer next year, either on January or next summer. The Dutch international who has been the top player in Anfield since July 2016, has been reported to turn down the offer to extend his contract with lucrative deal. He is underway to be the free agent player in the summer 2021, which certainly is a big loss for Jurgen Klopp’s men. No wonder the versatile midfielder could finally have the club’s permission to initiate the negotiation with any probable suitors so that at least The Reds could get a fair compensation.
One of those potential targets is certainly Barcelona. The current Blaugrana boss, Ronald Koeman, is his admirer since he led him in Netherlands.
“Gini has a great sense of space, he can get to the goal fantastically well from midfield, he could really add something to the team,” Koeman said recently.
Unfortunately, his plan to bring him to Camp Nou did not come to reality last summer as the Catalan side has not been in their financial best to capture new high profile players for the squad. The internal turmoil, the poor decisions by the previous board and the world pandemic really put Barcelona in difficulty. Therefore, with such interesting development lately, signing the former Newcastle man would be Koeman’s top priority again next year, even though the former Netherlands captain in 1990s neither has direct access nor control on the final decision and financial situation of the club in January.
Gini Wijnaldum was one of the debutantes in Netherlands’ last appearance of the World Cup finals, back in 2014. He scored one of the winning goals while smashing Brasil in the third-place play off. Since then, he has been irreplaceable figures in De Oranje’s ups and downs and contributed 21 goals in 70 caps.
In Liverpool, the 30- year Dutch who just celebrated his birthday earlier this month, has been the vital man in the middle, either to score, open space or create balance as box-to-box midfielder under Jurgen Klopp, and helped his team end their thirst of glory in the Champions League in 2019 and most importantly, Premier League last season. Overall, he has bagged 14 goals in 150 appearances. This season Wijnaldum has just been given an armband of captaincy in the national team under Frank de Boer, although failed to lead his team advance to UEFA Nations League finals. His years in England are bound to be over soon and the new adventure abroad, possibly in La Liga, awaits him next year.