Yesterday brought claims that Newcastle United are scheduled to meet AS Roma officials in the next few days to discuss a possible transfer of Gini Wijnaldum.
Now on Friday morning, the often on the mark Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports in Italy, reports that Roma have made their first offer for the Newcastle midfielder.
Di Marzio says that the opening offer is to take Wijnaldum on an initial loan with the now usual loan fee payable but with the sweetener of a high buyout clause if the loan move proved successful.
For various reasons it is hard to see Newcastle United entertaining any kind of a loan arrangement.
Firstly and most importantly, Rafa Benitez is relying on incoming transfer funds as a large part of his budget to bring in the players he wants, so a guaranteed transfer fee is surely essential – rather than try before you buy.
Second, there is also a significant risk that Wijnaldum could see a major fall in value if he isn’t a success whilst on loan. After stats of 11 goals and five assists in his first Premier League season, he could be at the very height of his worth in the transfer market, especially if he goes missing as often as he did for Newcastle last season.
Also, with AS Roma in the Champions League this season and having just sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus for 32m euros (approx £25m), the Serie A club clearly have the money to fund a permanent deal now.
With only 50 days until the Championship kicks off, you hope any transfer wheeling and dealing is set to start shortly, allowing Rafa Benitez the maximum amount of time to bring in new players for pre-season.