Little Progress On Wijnaldum Move To Roma

Roma have been linked with Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum for some time now, although their preference to replace recently sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus is Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

They wanted to take Mateo on loan in a bid to reduce their exposure on a player who has not done well in Madrid, after being signed last summer while Rafa Benitez was the Real manager.


Gini Wijnaldum – available for £30M?

Roma are flush with cash having received £25M for Pjanic and there has been news they are now ready to meet with Newcastle this week – but we doubt that news is accurate.

In fact Gini’s agent Humphrey Nijman said yesterday that a deal is far from being competed:

“There has been no progress in negotiations,” “There is no new news.”

Roma have been told by Real Madrid that Kovacic is available only for a straight transfer and the fee is €30M which Roma think is too much.

The news out of Newcastle is that Rafa wants as much as £30M for Wijnaldum, so we have to think Roma will think that is too much too.

But Roma today have said they are willing to take Gini on loan with an option to buy – similar to what they wanted to do with Kovacic.

That wouldn’t be a good deal for Newcastle, because we’d get nothing up front for him – just get his wages off the wage bill – so no money to buy a replacement with.

Newcastle may consider loaning the player out and taking him back next summer, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League but we don’t think Rafa would consider that either.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but there are other clubs interested in Gini including Napoli, Everton and West Ham.

The Premier League clubs, especially Everton may be more willing to cough up a big fee for the Dutch International.

And it’s going to take that to get Wijnaldum, with Rafa Benitez willing to play hardball and wanting to keep the 25 year-old on Tyneside as he builds up his squad for future success.

Rafa will sell only if he gets big money for Wijnaldum that he can then invest in new players coming into the club this summer.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Veltmann

    Jun 17, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    He relegated us,took his big bucks and went Carribean for a boat ride ha ha.Well done.
    Nobody will care what more you are saying though.So zip it!

    I hope Roma will sign Kovacic and forget about Wijnaldum.I don’t want him to go as I want to see him for another season.


    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Let him go 11 goals is very flattering to him and that’s what he’s hanging his hat on, if we can rob some team of 20+million we are laughing

  • expatmag

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3


    Totally agree…..sell for 20 million… Hughes from Derby, Dunk from Brighton

  • Jib

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    For me a loan in Serie A for a season could work – in exchange for one of their defenders for the same period.
    Ervin Zukanovic would do – although he is Bosnian and probably would never pass to Mitro


    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d have that or Cook from Leeds

  • expatmag

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6


    Dont know much about the lad but would suggest yhat Monk would want to keep his better players and that under him, they will be a big threat.g


    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    What’s the point in loaning him out?


    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s very good mate, I expect him to be a big player but am no expert. As for Monk the turmoil Leeds is in he might not have much choice (or power considering their owner)

    Plus Rafa or Monk? I reckon we could get of we wanted

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    If we wanted to loan him out, and its a big IF, wouldn’t a move to a Prem club suit us more. Another years experience there for him, getting ready for us rejoining next season

  • hibbitt

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    would a prem club want him i’m not sure they would

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Thank god your there Hibbitt…thought I’d killed the blog.
    No, I don’t know of any team that would take him after last seasons performance, maybe Everton coz of the Dutch connection.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Maybe scousehampton? Reckon he’d fit well there with the way they play.

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    AC have they got a manager yet?

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    I could be wrong but I think Rafa wanted Kovacic for Madrid and was quoted 10mill or less. The Real president told him that would make them look like cheapskates and would suggest that player wasn’t any good, so they paid far more ? Bonkers club, but Rafa was never ever a good choice to be Madrids manager.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    For once, I didn’t mind the look of the new jersey at all. Too one was nice, second one doesn’t have enough stripes

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    I just don’t any upside in hanging on to Gini and Moussa who obviously both want out. If the fees being spoken about are factual (£20 mill) then they are also fanciful. Neither of them are going to fetch anything like that. So, they stay at the club, sulking and causing trouble, probably having a negative effect on our promotion chances. And if that plays out then their value will have plummeted. Get rid now. Take a modest profit or break even and move on. This is one of the huge problems I see having Charnley still at the wheel – he just doesn’t have the intelligence to grasp these things.

  • Jib

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Scousehampton = Liverpool
    I think

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib….getting old mate. Doh!

  • Jib

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19


    Had to take the car to the garage.

    The point of loaning him would be:-

    Lose his wages off the books.

    Serie A is a good shop window

    Get his whingeing moy out of Tyneside

    His value can only go up.

    If we shoot straight back up we have a ready made midfielder with PL experience who has had a year learning in Serie A

    Win/Win situation for NUFC

  • j.tudor

    Jun 17, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Best get onto your agent and tell him to put up or shut up


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