News today that Rafa Benitez’ former club Napoli are interested in signing 25 year-old Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle in the summer transfer window, with the news being reported in Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Napoli did well last season and have already qualified for the group stages of the Champions League by finishing second in the Italian League, a full 9 points behind Champions Juventus – so they will get a cash windfall for that next season.
Gini Wijnaldum in action last season
We paid around £14.5M for Gini from PSV last August and if Rafa wants to sell the player this summer we could even make a profit on him since the inconsistent Wijnaldum scored 11 goals for us, was out top scorer and showed he would be a good player in a winning team.
But Rafa also made it clear that he will decide the futures of all the Newcastle stars and not them or their agents.
Rafa had this to say yesterday in the Chronicle:
“I think that we have to analyze every single situation – every single case.”
“We said what we said before: We want to keep the squad as strong as possible and then we will analyze every single case, but we will try to do the best for the team.”
And Newcastle already issued a statement following Moussa Sissoko’s uncalled for outburst about wanting to join Arsenal last Tuesday, which was not surprisingly very similar:
“We have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position remains the same.”
“We want to retain and build a very strong squad at Newcastle United for the forthcoming season and that is absolutely what we will do.”
“We will always act in the best interests of the club and the squad.”
Premier League clubs Everton and Southampton are also said to be interested in signing Wijnaldum this summer, but Newcastle are in a decent financial condition and don’t need to sell any players; that should become clearer as the summer progresses.
It completely depends on whether Rafa Benitez wants to keep Gini at the club as to whether he is sold or not.
We think Rafa will want to keep the Dutchman at Newcastle to help us get promoted straight back to the Premier League.
What do you think?