Latest transfer news and rumours

The month of January is well underway, and deals are being discussed far and wide. Apart from potential transfers relating to this particular transfer window, various reports and speculations surrounding the futures of different players are popping up here and there. Here are some of the things being said regarding Liverpool.

Wijnaldum’s future uncertain

Georginio Wijnaldum arrived to the club in 2016 on a five-year deal, which means he has around 18 months of it left to run. The Dutch midfielder has played a vital role in the revolution under the commanding eye of Jurgen Klopp, and the German, as well as probably every Liverpool supporter around the globe, doesn’t want to lose one of his trusty men.

Obviously, there are three ways the situation could go – Wijnaldum could follow in the footsteps of James Milner and sign an extension, he could stay for the rest of his contract and be allowed to leave as a free agent in the summer of 2021 when he’ll be well on his way to turning 31, or he could be sold this summer to ensure the club gets some compensation for his services.

According to David Ornstein, who left BBC to work for The Athletic, all three scenarios are possible at the moment. Liverpool would prefer the first one – for the Dutchman to sign a new contract and stay put, adding to his already enormous contribution to Klopp’s ideas for a while yet. But if that picture proves too elusive, it seems they would still prefer to keep him for a year longer and let him leave for free to selling him this summer.

There is, apparently, interest from Italy and Spain, and understandably so given his bright performances in the Red shirt, but it feels that the club would only agree to this if the player himself decides he wants to leave this year, and then they’d demand a high transfer fee.

Chirivella to be offered fresh terms

Pedro Chirivella has been widely written off as a Liverpool player several times, but it seems his progress has finally been of a level satisfactory for the club to offer him a future at Anfield.

Obviously, the future is undecided for the 22-year-old midfielder at this point, much like for Wijnaldum.

Minamino deal – a sign of the future

Liverpool won’t be continuing the trend of bringing in expensive additions to their team following the signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker for big money in 2018, according to Ornstein. In those cases, the decision to break the bank was made as the two positions – goalkeeper and centre-back – were identified as those of particular weakness that needed addressing quickly, and though the two moves have been more than worth the money spent, let’s face it, there aren’t any such issues at the moment.

The signing of Takumi Minamino, whose debut performance for the club in the FA Cup Merseyside Derby wasn’t bad at all, is the sign of things to come – players not too expensive who boast enviable talent and fit the mould.

“…it is probable that neither Sancho nor Mbappe will end up at Anfield for the foreseeable future because Liverpool have little interest in sanctioning the necessary levels of spending on players whose desire to start every game cannot be assured by manager Jurgen Klopp.

Minamino, by contrast, agreed to join in the knowledge that he would be swapping guaranteed first-team football for a fierce selection battle and was prepared to face the challenge. The strategy of sporting director Michael Edwards is set to lead Liverpool on a similar path going forward and it is believed they will seek more Minamino-type recruits than, say, Sanchos.

Although key players such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are now world stars, they came to Merseyside while still developing and/or with a point to prove. That is how the club intend to continue operating and, as one source puts it, Liverpool’s vision would be to sign the Mbappe who left Monaco in 2017 rather than the one who eventually leaves PSG”, writes Ornstein.

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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