Gini Wijnaldum is set to be on his way out of Newcastle United this summer and the only two questions are: where will he end up and how much will Rafa Benitez receive for him to spend on new players.
Whilst the destination remains unknown, NUFC’s media partner The Mirror group, claim that their information is that Wijnaldum won’t be let go for less than £25m.
A bit like your house, any player is worth what somebody will pay and who knows what extremes we will see this summer with some extra £600m TV cash for the 20 PL clubs to spend.
With Wijnaldum, I am now at the point where I think the only way you can look at his situation, is to accept that you either take the point of view of what he does do – or what he doesn’t do.
Many Newcastle fans see a player who disappeared most of the time last season and the fact he didn’t score a single goal away from home, sums up that ability to hide when the going gets tough.
However, to arrive in the Premier League and score 11 goals and grab five assists from midfield in your first season, is impressive stats no matter which way you look at it.
Signed for £14.5m a year ago, Wijnaldum, at least according to the stats, has proved he can handle the step up to the Premier League and so certainly most neutral would expect his value to go the same way. There are plenty of players such as Wilfried Bony and Morgan Schneiderlin who after showing they could perform at Swansea and Southampton, then saw their value soar.
Ronald Koeman is said to have been interested a year ago in Wijanldum only for Newcastle to sign him, now at Everton with a substantial transfer budget to play with he has been widely reported as keen on making the Newcastle midfielder one of his first signings.
Ironically, the pair missed each other by only weeks at Feyenoord, Wijnaldum sold to PSV in June 2011 for £4m before Koeman arrived as manager the following month.
If any deal is going to happen then let’s hope it is quick, both to spare us the endless speculation and more importantly, so Rafa Benitez can bring in players who really want to be at Newcastle United.