Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have reportedly moved to sign Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.
That’s according to renowned Turkish transfer guru Ekrem Konur, who claims a three-year deal has been offered to the Netherlands international.
Acting as Liverpool’s captain for much of this season, in the absence of Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, losing Wijnaldum this summer would come as a significant blow to Jurgen Klopp and co.
It’s not the first time Gini has been linked with a move to Bayern, though – with the Mirror also claiming a three-year deal has been given the green light by the midfielder’s camp.
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If the rumours are true, it likely means Liverpool and Wijnaldum have been unable to agree on terms for an extension, leaving Klopp with the difficult task of replacing the 30-year-old.
The Reds’ ever-present No.5 has been a key member of the German’s squad over the last five years, but the recent signing of Thiago Alcantara could ease the transition.
Without Wijnaldum, Liverpool’s starting midfield picks itself, with Fabinho acting as the anchor in a trio with captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago.
Will be really sad to see Gini leave. But even sadder from his perspective that Bayern and others are offering him less than we did last year. He wanted four years, we offered three at an increased salary, others are also only prepared to offer three years, but on a lower salary. Shame he deserves his payday.
Liverpool don’t need to tie 30+ players to long term contracts. Gini is a good player but a lot of his performances this season have been underwhelming. Time to move on and get fresh blood in the squad.
Agreed with others than it is ok to move on from Gini. Solid player, always available. Not outstanding though, and sooner or later injuries will catch up with him too as he has a lot of miles of those tires.. better someone else pays while he starts falling apart. Only shame is that we lose him for free. Guess Bayern wants a sort of a pay back for losing Thiago for free to us.. lol.. anyways, I think we enough to keep him. At 30, 3 years guaranteed and at higher salary is more than fair. If he can get better from a top club, we can only oak him well.
We just need to buy smart replacement with fresher legs and ideally more imposing physique which we badly need in our middle. Without VVD we are really and underwhelming team..
People who are ready to let Gini move elsewhere are doing that thinking that we will sign a replacement but that isn’t the case we are stacked with Midfielders Ox, Shaq,Jones, Kieta, Thiago Gruic Wilson Hendo Gini Fabinho and we have seen how short we have been this season and on top of a tough 2 season schedule we will have the Euros, and are players will get no real break Gini is solid up to the standard of Champions and has an excellent injury record and unless we recruit we will be poorer for his departure we need to move players on and at least 2 top CM buys over the next 12 months with both Hendo and Thiago the wrong side of 30 buy the start of 22/23 our Midfield will have to be rebuilt with are Strikers looking like they need also refreshing it will be an expensive 2 seasons and losing the likes of Gini would be a big loss unless a better player is signed