Transfer Roundup: Barca Hope to Sign Wijnaldum ‘on the Cheap’ as Klopp Aims to Cull First-team Squad

Sam Patterson

Here’s Sam with the weekly Transfer Roundup. Not too much to cover this week, but there are updates on the futures of Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and Nat Philips among others.

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by Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster)

Barca to bid for Wijnaldum in the coming days…

It’s the proverbial calm before the storm – or so it seems. Disparate reports suggest that the so-called ‘transfer sagas’ involving Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum and Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara are set to ‘heat up’ – and then assumedly be concluded – when the two players return to their respective clubs after the current international break.

By all accounts, Thiago’s proposed move to Anfield depends on when/or if Wijnaldum leaves for Barcelona.

Indeed, there is still an element of doubt about whether the Spanish giants can raise enough funds – reportedly from the sale of Luis Suarez among others – to be in a position to bid for the Dutch star. As per Kevin Palmer, whilst the Catalonians value Wijnaldum at £12million, Liverpool will want a fee closer to £25million.

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Barca, however, are said to be confident of securing the 29-year-old ‘on the cheap’ given that Wijnaldum is entering the final year of his current contract.

A recent report in the Mirror even suggests that the midfielder could leave for as little as £10million. The Mirror’s Simon Mullock asserts that FSG are determined to accrue capital for a player who can leave for free next summer. So a compromise is likely to be reached.

Wijnaldum, who scored four Premier League goals last season, could be joined at Barca by international teammate and Lyon forward Memphis Depay. Ronald Koeman is hopeful of signing both men for a combined fee of ‘€50/55m’. That’s if you believe @FabrizioRomano.

LFC fringe players to leave

The Goal’s Neil Jones claims that Klopp is aiming to cull his first-team squad and offload the likes of Loris Karius and Harry Wilson. The latter will only leave the club if a permanent suitor can be found. The Reds will not sanction another loan deal for a player nearing his mid-20s.

A whole host of other names could be leaving, including Marko Grujic – wanted by Hertha Berlin – as well as youngsters Yasser Larouci, Ben Woodburn and Nat Phillips.

Phillips is said to be attracting interest from Nottingham Forest, Bristol City, Stoke City and Swansea. Sheyj Ojo could also be set to exit the club, with Forest interested in the tricky forward player.

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Short snippets

  • Are Liverpool about to sign Alisson Becker’s ‘successor’? Well, if you read UOL Esporte’s report, Fluminense goalkeeper Marcelo Pitagula is on Jurgen Klopp’s radar and is likely to sign for the club in the ‘next few days’. We’ll see…
  • Sporting Lisbon full-back Miguel Pinho is a player being monitored by club scouts. Whilst Liverpool are keen, @Record_Portugal make clear that his hefty buyout clause (somewhere in the region £40million) is a stumbling block.
  • The Liverpool Echo claims that three Premier League clubs – Newcastle, Southampton and newly-promoted Leeds – have all registered an interest in Harry Wilson. Again, like Neil Jones’ report, Paul Gorst says the club will only sanction a permanent deal.

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