LaLiga chiefs have stepped in to prevent Barcelona from pursuing a move for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to a report.
No other Liverpool midfielder played more Premier League minutes than Wijnaldum last season. Indeed, that statistic is only one of several that highlight his importance at Anfield.
While the Dutchman is not a typical goalscorer, his pressing and desire to win the ball back are key attributes. In fact, they are traits picked up on by his compatriot and Barca boss Ronald Koeman.
However, according to the Daily Mirror, the Spanish top-flight’s governing body has prevented an approach for Reds star Wijnaldum.
LaLiga have adopted “strict” financial guidelines for the division’s sides amid the coronavirus impact, the newspaper says.
The league has based those guidelines on each team’s financial results from the previous five years. Furthermore, they affect the funds each team has to spend in the current market.
As for Barcelona’s situation, they are paying a £510million yearly wage bill, which the club first want to decrease.
While Barca are actively seeking to sell players, the Daily Mirror claims they have begun to seriously ponder a move for Wijnaldum.
However, LaLiga chiefs have stepped in, blocking the move due to financial concerns.
As well as their wage bill, Barcelona – like all LaLiga clubs – must pay the same cost of any transfer fee to the Spanish government.
This is after the government gave financial help to ease top-flight clubs through the crisis.
As such, LaLiga officials have told Barca to focus on decreasing their wage bill and selling players before focusing on new additions.
LaLiga’s rules go ‘beyond’ Financial Fair Play
Joris Evers, La Liga’s director of communications, said (via the Daily Mirror): “We have a financial system, which goes beyond UEFA’s Financial Fair Play.
“At UEFA they look at figures when a season is finished, we set the standards before the season starts.
“If Barcelona try to do a deal behind the scenes, our analysts will notice this immediately.
“The clubs agreed on this system as a reaction on a period when they were struggling to pay the wages of the players, because they’d overspent time and time again. Nobody wants to go back to that situation.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promised Wijnaldum that he will still play a vital role, despite Thiago Alcantara’s arrvial.
The Spaniard’s signing has added to Liverpool’s strength and options in midfield.