Truth about Liverpool’s Barcelona premium and what it means for Wijnaldum
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the appointment of Ronald Koeman.
The Reds midfielder is yet to pen a new deal at Anfield and, with his contract expiring next summer, Koeman is said to be looking to tempt him to the Nou Camp after becoming their new manager.
An interesting sub plot to the move is Liverpool ’s history with Barcelona – and a clause inserted when Philippe Coutinho made the move from Anfield to La Liga.
In order to protect their assets from Barcelona, it was widely reported that Liverpool inserted a ‘transfer premium’ clause in the deal.
The clause meant Barcelona had to pay an extra £90million on top of any fee to sign a Liverpool player.
Some have reported that the clause would still apply, all but ruling out a move for Wijnaldum by taking his value over the £100million mark.
But Sky Sports and The Telegraph reported at the time it emerged that the clause was due to expire this summer, meaning Barcelona could now look to Liverpool players again without being completely priced out.
In the case of Wijnaldum, his contract situation could mean Liverpool face a dilemma to either cash in for a cut-price fee now or risk losing him for nothing next summer if he cannot be convinced to stay.
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Thankfully for Liverpool, the chaos at Barcelona means they do not currently pose the threat they did when they poached Coutinho.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk all seem happy at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently in a better state than Barcelona.
Wijnaldum, however, is one of the players who has some uncertainty attached to his future, and the appointment of his former national team boss Koeman at Barcelona could give him an opportunity to head to Barcelona.
It comes as Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Torre claimed he has talked to Jurgen Klopp about becoming their manager in the future.
The Spaniard told Diario Sport : "If Koeman works and does well, he would be, of course.
"Obviously, we have our roadmap and we had already started several conversations with Jurgen Klopp, because it seems to us that Barca need such a coach."
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