Where next for Wijnaldum?
Roma are negotiating with PSG for the Dutch midfielder. Gueye is also set to leave and is in talks with Everton.
Gigi Wijnaldum joined PSG last summer from one of the best Liverpool of recent times. The Dutchman let his contract at Anfield run out and signed on a free transfer with Gigi Donnarumma and Leo Messi following in the same way.
While Donnarumma and Messi settled into the side, Wijnaldum didn’t fit into Pochettino’s plans and looks like he won’t fit into Galtier’s either. PSG are looking for a way out for the midfielder and José Mourinho could be the man to solve the problem for them. After landing Paulo Dybala, Roma hope to mount a serious challenge for the Serie A title and according to Fabrizio Romano, are planning to sign Wijnaldum. Both clubs are said to be in negotiations although the issue of the player’s salary issue is still to be resolved.
The Dutch midfielder did play last season, but went from a leading role at Anfield to a secondary player in Paris (31 games, 1993 minutes, three goals and three assists). Both the club and the player admitted that Gini’s adaptation hadn’t gone as smoothly as hoped and his exit has been on the cards for the last few months.
So much so, that Wijnaldum is part of a group of players who PSG are keen to offload at any costs. As well as Wijnaldum, the club wants to find exits for Kurzawa, Draxler, Ander Herrera, Rafinha Alcántara and Thilo Kehrer - all of whom have been sidelined from daily activities.
But Jose Mourinho is confident that he can turn Wijnaldum back into the player he was at Liverpool and make him the club’s second star signing after Dybala. Mou also managed to attract Mile Svilar (on a free transfer from Benfica), Celik (€7M from Lille) and one of his best foot soldiers, Nemanja Matic (free from United).
Everton hoping to take advantage of Operation Exit
Work is also being done on Gana Gueye’s departure. At the moment, there are open negotiations with his old club, Everton. It is still being discussed whether he will be sold or transferred on loan.