Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is said to have already agreed on a deal to sign for Catalan giants Barcelona, with less than a year on his current contract.
But with the Reds at the pinnacle of the game – reigning World champions and Premier League title holders – it’s curious why anyone would want to leave.
It’s actually fairly simple, according to well-sourced journalist Simon Hughes, who claims it’s all about Gini’s age and the length of contract he’s being offered.
With Wijnaldum said to be keen on a move to Barcelona, it’d not be daft to assume it’s because Ronald Koeman is now the manager there.
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And while that may have something to do with it, speaking on The Red Agenda, Hughes explains it’s got more to do with what the Reds are offering the midfielder.
“[Wijnaldum] is at a a tricky age to be negotiating for, he’s 29. From what I was told the player wanted four years, and the contract that he’s being offered is a bit shorter than that,” he said.
Barcelona are said to have already agreed a three-year deal with the Dutchman, seemingly suggesting the Reds were only offering two – maximum.
That’s according to Catalan-based outlet SPORT, who also claim the Spaniards are willing to offer around £18million for the Liverpool star.