Roma’s Miralem Pjanic joined Juventus on a five-year contract for a fee of €32M (£25M)on Monday, after passing his medical and the news today in La Gazzetta dello Sport is that Roma are preparing a bid for Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum as a replacement for Pjanic.
Earlier this week it had been reported that Rafa Benitez has slapped a £30M fee on Gini, as he is one of the players the Spanish manager wants to keep at Newcastle, now we are in the English second division.
Gini Wijnaldum – Roma readying bid
It seems that Wijnaldum is Roma’s top choice to replace Pjanic and it will be interesting to see how Newcastle react if an official bid, as expected, is launched by the Italian club.
And Ronald Koeman has just been announced as the new Everton manager after leaving Southampton – and it looks like he’s after two of Newcastle’s top Dutchmen – Gini Wijnaldum and goalkeeper Tim Krul.
So we could also be seeing a bid coming in from the Toffees for Gini.
Gini still has four years left on his contract and the news is that if Newcastle’s fee is too high for Gini, then Roma have identified Fiorentina‘s Borja Valero as the next in line, if they cannot get Wijnaldum.
Roma are hoping they can negotiate a fee with Newcastle of between £15M and £18M for the Dutch midfielder, but Newcastle will hold out for a much bigger fee than that.
Wijnaldum scored 11 Premier League goals for us last season and he was our top goalscorer beating out Aleksandar Mitrovic who had 9 PL goals.
But the Dutch International did not play well in the second half of the season when things got tough – especially away from home.
All Gini’s goals were scored at St. James’ Park.