Newcastle United will meet AS Roma this week to discuss a possible transfer of Gini Wijnaldum, according to reports in Italy today.
Roma have lost star player Miralem Pjanic to Juventus after his buyout clause was activated, leading to a potential trigger for other deals.
Pjanic has moved for 32m euros (approx £25m) and AS Roma are claimed to want Mateo Kovacic on a loan basis to replace their midfield star.
Ironically, it was Rafa Benitez who actually brought in Kovacic to Real Madrid last summer for 32m euros but under both Rafa and his replacement Zidane, the 22 year old Croatian midfielder has struggled to get games, starting only eight La Liga matches last season.
Football Italia report that Real Madrid are prepared to let Kovacic go to AS Roma but only if they get the 30m euros that the Italian club banked from Pjanic.
With Real not prepared to loan out Kovacic, that is where Wijnaldum is said to be involved.
AS Roma are claimed to see the Newcastle midfielder as a cheaper second choice option to the price being put on the Croatian international’s head.
It isn’t difficult then to see where the media have came up with claims of Newcastle wanting around that 30m euros mark before they would consider selling Wijnaldum.
Whilst it is unlikely the former PSV midfielder will go for quite that amount, it does look nailed on that Mike Ashley will see a rare success (if you ignore relegation…) with Wijnaldum, in his failed transfer policy of buying younger players and hoping they will be sold at a higher price at a future time.
Let’s just hope that the likes of Sissoko and Wijnaldum are sold for the highest possible amounts as early as possible, allowing Rafa Benitez the maximum possible time to invest the cash in players who want to be at Newcastle United.