Roma Putting Together Strategy to Retain PSG Loanee

Georginio Wijnaldum had his best game since moving to Serie A versus Sampdoria, as he scored, hit the post, and drew a penalty kick. The midfielder has started in six of the last seven fixtures after completing his rehab from a shinbone fracture.

According to Il Messaggero (via Tuttomercatoweb), Roma are keen on keeping him, but not at the conditions set last summer, nor at his current wages. They should pay €8M to buy him out per the terms of the deal with PSG. They’ll try to lower the fee or ask for another loan spell.

Moreover, Wijnaldum makes €7M annually, more than any of their players. If they redeemed him, they’d look to dilute the sum across multiple seasons. If José Mourinho stays in the dugout, which is considered likely despite some rumors, he’ll push to confirm the ex-Liverpool man.

Per Sky, the Giallorossi and their coaching staff never questioned his stature. His initial lack of minutes simply came from so-so form following a lengthy absence. He’s a particularly good fit for their squad because their frontline struggles produce, while he’s more prolific than an average midfielder. He has logged 2 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions so far.

Our Take on Roma and Wijnaldum

It appears that many transfer market situations hanging in the balance depend on Mourinho staying put, which isn’t particularly great for the club, even though the latest whispers are on the positive side. If there’s a mutual desire to stick together, chances are they’ll work it out with PSG even if they have re-negotiate. The French team probably has no interest in taking him back and then finding a different solution. If he kept it up, it’d soon be a no-brainer for La Lupa.

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