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Liverpool may have found a replacement at Wijnaldum thanks to Lionel Messi

Business in Catalonia could have a big impact on the transfer market this summer for a number of top European teams, writes David Hughes.

That’s because Barcelona face a number of financial dilemmas ahead of next season, the most obvious of which concerns Lionel Messi’s future and whether or not to sign a new deal.

His current contract expires on July 1 and he has yet to agree to an extension despite the club having gone to great lengths to tie him up for at least a year.

If he chooses to stay at Camp Nou, it will be a celebration for Barcelona. However, one consequence is that the club will have to free up around € 100million from a payroll which would have to be drastically reduced to comply with La Liga’s financial fair play rules, especially since the club have already contributed new expensive assets such as Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.

This means that there are going to be tough decisions to sell key players who, under different circumstances, have stuck with the Catalan giants for many years to come. Their loss could be a gain for many other clubs, with talented Barcelona stars potentially available at discounted prices.

From Liverpool’s perspective, midfielder Ilaix Moriba is an available potential player who could and probably should be on their radar.


Georginio Wijnaldum (left) rivals Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in 2016


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