How Arsene Wenger predicted Gini Wijnaldum’s exit to Liverpool and Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint Germain
Arsene Wenger predicted Gini Wijnaldum’s exit from Liverpool in 2017 as he discussed the future of the game.
PSG grabbed the headlines with their astonishing capture of Lionel Messi, but the French club enjoyed an incredible transfer window throughout the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made deals for Gigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, as well as Messi and Wijnaldum, all on free transfers.
Speaking in 2017 , in the midst of Alexis Sanchez’s contract dispute with Arsenal, Wenger has seen these types of moves become the norm.
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“I think in the future you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high, even for normal players, ”said the then Arsenal manager.
“You will see more and more players entering the last year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount requested… in the next 10 years it will become usual.
“I think the performance of the day does not depend on the length of the contract, if it were true we would sign everyone for 20 years and we would be happy.”
by Wijnaldum The contract situation at Anfield became well known last summer, with the Dutchman linked with a possible reunion with his former national team coach Ronald Koeman in Barcelona.
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The 30-year-old ultimately stayed at Liverpool and made all 38 league appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Although the club tried to secure new terms with the midfielder, he eventually joined PSG for free in July.
With Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona highlighting the dire finances of some of Europe’s elite clubs, by Wenger the vision for the future has also been accelerated by the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
Although Chelsea and Manchester City both confirmed record club deals this summer, the transfer window has been a muted affair by previous Premier League standards as clubs adjust to the new financial climate.
Liverpool they themselves only brought in Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, with his fees nearly recouped from sales of the team’s players, giving more weight to Wenger’s predictions.
A tactic that PSG have used with aplomb this summer, it remains to be seen whether such high profile free transfers will become commonplace in the near future.