Report: Chelsea want to sign key Liverpool starter worth £31.5million

Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is a surprising target for Premier League rivals Chelsea.

That is according to Spanish outlet Marca, who claim that the London club has registered an interest in Wijnaldum.

After spending close to £250 million last summer, a move for Gini on a free makes perfect sense for Chelsea. After replacing Frank Lampard, new manager Thomas Tuchel will look to bring his own players in the summer.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea looks on following the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Chelsea at Bramall Lane on February 07, 2021 in Sheffield, England. PHOTO BY CLIVE MASON/GETTY IMAGES.

Chelsea currently have Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as their more ‘defensive minded’ midfielders. However, Jorginho has failed to shine during his time in England and Kante’s selling price is only going to decrease with age.

The sale of one or two of these and the arrival of Gini could be good business for Chelsea.

However, if Gini Wijnaldum was to leave this summer, a move to another Premier League club just does not make sense. Having come to the league in 2015 when signing for Newcastle United, Gini has spent six years in England.

At this stage of his career and turning 31 later this year, a move abroad may appeal more.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their their fifth goal to complete his hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James’ Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. PHOTO BY ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES.

A move to Barcelona to be reunited with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has appeared to be the likeliest move. However, here at Anfield Central, we reported that Wijnaldum is still yet to make a decision on his future.

It will be a sad day once Gini Wijanldum leaves given what he has done for the club but we’d rather it not be for a title rival.

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