Liverpool ‘switch’ to target Georginio Wijnaldum in shock loan as Anfield ‘whispers’ emerge
Liverpool have been tipped to make a shock loan move for ex-Red Georginio Wijnaldum, just a year after leaving the club.
The Dutchman left Anfield last summer on a free transfer and joined Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. However, the move hasn’t quite gone to plan as he struggles to establish a starting spot in the team.
In a recent report by Irish daily starit has been suggested that there are ‘whispers’ of the Reds considering a loan move for Wijnaldum as a stopgap signing.
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Liverpool had an interest in Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, until it became clear the 22-year-old only wanted a move to Real Madrid. However, having completed the signing of defender Calvin Ramsay over the weekend, it is understood the club have completed their inbound transfer activities for this window.
Wijnaldum would certainly present a positive short-term option as the club assess their long-term goals. The 31-year-old is familiar with the Premier League and the club having spent five years on Merseyside.
He played a vital role in Liverpool’s Champions League and title-winning campaigns before his move to France. Yet he has been continuously linked with a return to England as his minutes at PSG have dwindled.
Wijnaldum was also voted by fans as the Ligue 1 ‘flop signing’ of the season. It was far from the start of life in Paris that he would have hoped for.
However, any move for Wijnaldum would be a surprise given provisional signings have become scarce for Liverpool in recent years. There seems to be no desperate need to strengthen the midfield as the club are happy to wait until next year.
Liverpool were forced to dip into the market in the January 2021 transfer window as they were reduced to the bare essentials at centre-back. Ben Davies has signed from Preston North End, while Ozan Kabak has joined Schalke on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The club were then able to pursue long-term target Ibrahima Konate in the summer, who joined RB Leipzig for £36million. At present, however, Liverpool have plenty of midfield options.
Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keit a will all have a big role to play next season. James Milner has signed a one-year contract extension and youngsters Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could get more minutes next season. While his future is still uncertain, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could still fight for his place at the club.
There have also been numerous reports that PSG are set to part ways with manager Mauricio Pochettino. If so, Wijnaldum could imagine his chances of increasing his playing time under a new coach.
He is definitely one to watch this summer as speculation over his future continues to dominate the headlines.