There’s news in most of the papers today that Liverpool are going to make a move for Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum this week and that they are prepared to go up to £20M to get the Dutch International midfielder.
Newcastle have made it clear the club financially does not have to sell any of our star players this summer – and the club has yet to receive any bids for the likes of Gini or Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle value the 25 year-old Dutch International north of £25M and are unlikely to sell for less than that, so it will be interesting to see if we do lose any of our star players this summer.
Gini Wijnaldum in action last season
The reports say that Newcastle will settle for £20M for the Dutch star, but we wonder who made that one up?
The various reports suggest Liverpool want to complete the deal this week – but we’ll just have to wait and see if there’s any truth in these reports.
Rafa Benitez would preferably want to keep the top players at the club and has said many times this summer he will only sell if a huge offer comes in.
In fact that was one of the many agreements he got out of owner Mike Ashley before he agreed to stay on Tyneside.
And Rafa’s stood by his guns (so to speak) before in the transfer market and refused to allow players to leave and made them honor their contracts.
Newcastle expect to be down below for one season only and have already fortified the squad with five new signings this summer with more to come.
While Georginio was very good in the first half of the season, he disappeared when the going got tough – much the same as Moussa Sissoko did.
And Rafa dropped the Dutchman after an insipid display at Southampton by the team and left him our of the lineup for a few games.
Newcastle then won three and drew three of the last six league games, but we still couldn’t avoid the drop, but still took Spurs apart 5-1 in the last game.
Wijnaldum showed he can score goals in the Premier League last term and ended up the top scorer with 11 goals and 5 assists, but he scored very few in the second half of the season and went missing in too many games.
But of the two star players in Gini and Moussa, the Dutchman would be the one to keep on board with Sissoko far too inconsistent week in and week out and he basically did nothing for us last season.
It will be interesting to see how Newcastle react when we get the first bid in for one of these two star players.
What do you think?