Newcastle United midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Roma for several weeks now, with other clubs like West Ham and Everton also being interested in the 25 year-old Dutch International.
Roma have just sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus for around £25M, so they are flush with money – but if reports are true it will take that £25M and more to capture Wijnaldum from Newcastle.
Mateo Kovacic has struggled to get games at Real Madrid since Rafa Benitez signed him for the top Spanish club last summer and it seems that Roma would like to take the Croatian star on loan.
Gini Wijnaldum – Roma link getting stronger
So it could depend on whether Real Madrid are willing to loan out the 22 year-old Croatian for next season and it appears they are not.
Real want to sell him and according to Football Italia they want €30M for him too, which Roma’s Sporting Director Walter Sabatini thinks is too much and will now turn to other targets.
The reports are that Roma are to meet with Newcastle this week, presumably to discuss a potential deal for Gini Wijnaldum.
Newcastle are said to want £30M for Gini and we suspect that will also seem excessive to Roma, so things could very quickly come to an end if indeed there is a meeting between Roma and Newcastle set up for this week.
We doubt there will be a meeting and what Roma will want to know first is the fee Newcastle have put on Gini’s head – and if it’s £30M there’s presumably no need for a meeting.
Maybe the fee is only €30M which is around £23.6M – but that would also be a good price for Newcastle.
The best chance we have of getting the biggest fee for Gini is from a Premier League club – like Everton – who have a new owner and new manager in Ronald Koeman, who is said to be keen on getting his fellow Dutchman Wijnaldum to The Toffees.
Everton could also be willing to make a big splash in the transfer market to impress their fans they really mean business.
If Newcastle are to do deals for a few of their star players like Gini – then it would be good if the deals are done early in the summer to give Rafa sufficient time to bring in suitable replacements.
And with Gini not involved with the Euro 2016 tournament, he could be the first one out of the door this summer.