The Sunday People are today reporting that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made an inquiry for Gini Wijnaldum, the former PSV captain and Dutch Player of the year in 2015.
Newcastle paid around £14.5M for Wijnaldum last summer, the 3rd most expensive player ever in Newcastle’s history behind Michael Owen (£17M) and Alan Shearer (£15M) and the price quoted for the 25 year-old was £25M.
Gini Wijnaldum in action at Chelsea
That’s a decent enough price for Gini and represents more than a £10M gain on the player in a year.
And in the new way the club is run with the manager in charge of all football matters, that’s the price that Rafa Benitez has put on the Dutchman’s head.
Koeman was in for Wijnaldum a year ago when he was manager of Southampton, but it looks like Gini preferred Newcastle who already had some Dutchmen in the squad like Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can get their money for Gini, but it wouldn’t surprise us too much if a club comes along and offers the full £25M for him.
If that happens let’s hope it’s soon so we can bring in a suitable replacement.
When you consider the massive amounts of money the Premier League clubs will receive next May – between £100M and £180M each depending on performance – then £25M isn’t such a huge fee.
What do you think?