In the latest edition of the “Meine Bayern Woche” podcast, Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg reported that Bayern Munich has made contact with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum. More specifically, there has been contact with his representatives regarding a potential transfer to Bayern this summer. It was even reported that talks between both parties are going “well” as of this point.
Wijnaldum’s contract at Liverpool is set to expire this summer and the Dutch international has not agreed a contract extension with Jurgen Klopp’s side. It is clear that he wants a move away from Anfield this summer. For a long period of time, he was connected with a move to Barcelona as Ronald Koeman was keen on bringing his Dutch compatriot to the Catalans, but Barcelona’s financial troubles have severely complicated their transfer plans for the upcoming window. Wijnaldum would be available on a free transfer, but his wages could become too much of an issue at Barcelona, so that is more or less out of the question for the time being.
At Bayern, Wijnaldum could prove to be a very productive transfer if it winds up materializing. Javi Martinez is 100% leaving the club, and Corentin Tolisso’s future at the club is also in question, so adding quality to depth in the center of midfield could be absolutely paramount for Bayern. Klopp most often deputized Wijnaldum in a central midfield in a preferred 4-3-3 formation, most often playing alongside captain Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and/or Naby Keita, James Milner, Curtis Jones, and Thiago Alcantara.
With Julian Nagelsmann taking over, Wijnaldum could be the perfect addition to the roster, especially since he likes to tweak his formations in midfield. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka should still be the preferred, double pivot in the center of the pitch, but having Wijnaldum play as a central midfielder in that role could give him more attacking freedom, like he has at Liverpool and like he had playing as an attacking midfielder at Newcastle United.
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