Bayern Munich should avoid signing of Gini Wijnaldum

Bayern Munich has reportedly opened talks with Gini Wijnaldum. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich has reportedly opened talks with Gini Wijnaldum. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich is reportedly looking to improve the midfield department in the upcoming summer transfer window. The German Champions have been linked with numerous midfielders in the past few months since it has been made clear by German media that midfield is a key position to address.

Gini Wijnaldum is the latest midfielder getting linked with a move to Bavaria. According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Die Roten has been in touch with Wijnaldum’s agents as he looks set to leave Liverpool on a free transfer. The Dutch midfielder’s contract expires next month, and he has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.

Liverpool has been trying to negotiate a new deal for Wijnaldum since the start of the season. However, the Merseyside club has failed to meet his wage demands. Jurgen Klopp confirmed this week that there is nothing to update about Wijnaldum’s future.

Wijnaldum has been a key member of the successful Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp in the last three years. He has been part of the midfield that conquered Europe in 2019 and then helped Liverpool to lift the first-ever Premier League title in 2020. Despite his obvious qualities, Die Roten should avoid the signing of Wijnaldum.

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Wijnaldum will bring experience and quality to the squad, but he will be turning 31 next season. Die Roten has been trying to build a young squad in the last few windows, so getting an older player on a long deal will not make sense.

Moreover, numerous young midfield options in the transfer market can improve Die Roten straightaway and remain part of the team for many years. Someone like Eduardo Camavinga would be a much better midfielder in the long run for Rekordmeister than Wijnaldum.

Bayern needs to maintain balance in the wage bill

Since Wijnaldum will be a free transfer, he is likely to command significant wages. He is currently earning £90,000 per week at Liverpool. The German champions have been wary of keeping a healthy wage bill by rejecting the demands of David Alaba this season. The good work could be undone by handing a massive contract to Wijnaldum in the summer. (Stats courtesy: sportekz)

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The Dutch midfielder is likely to demand high wages since this will be his last big contract in Europe. Moreover, the signing on fee is also likely to be massive. There is no doubt about the improvement and good things that the Dutch midfielder will offer, but there are more cons than pros regarding this transfer for Rekordmeister.