Intermediaries have now offered Jose Mourinho at Roma the chance to sign Georginio Wijnaldum a year after he quit Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp ruling out a possible return from Paris Saint-Germain.
That’s according to Il Messaggero, who note Mourinho is pushing to take Paulo Dybala to the Stadio Olimpico. But the Giallorossi’s attempt to sign the Argentine as a free agent after leaving Juventus in June are yet to pay dividends. Roma are also struggling to conclude negotiations for Davide Frattesi.
Roma are locked in talks with Sassuolo over a move to sign Frattesi to strengthen Mourinho’s engine room this summer. But the Serie A side’s best offer so far stood at €15m (£12.75m) along with youth ace Cristian Volpato, who they value at around €3-4m (£2.5-3.5m). But Sassuolo want €32m (£27m).
Wijnaldum offered to Roma a year after quitting Liverpool for PSG
So, with Roma struggling to sign their desired midfield targets, intermediaries have offered a deal for Wijnaldum to leave Paris Saint-Germain. However, the Ligue 1 giants handed the Dutchman a €10m-a-year (£163.5k-a/w) contract to join as a free agent last summer after he walked out on Liverpool.
So, even with the growth decree in Italy that gives players arriving from abroad a massive tax break, Roma would struggle to afford Wijnaldum. A possible snub by Mourinho’s team risks leaving the 31-year-old in Limbo, as L’Equipe also report that Paris Saint-Germain have transfer-listed Wijnaldum.
A return to Liverpool is also not on the table for Wijnaldum amid the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder being offered to Roma. The Liverpool Echo report that Klopp has ruled out the Dutchman re-joining the Reds this summer, as the German is confident in the midfield options that he has available now.
Klopp rules out Anfield return for Wijnaldum amid uncertain PSG future
Klopp was a huge believer in Wijnaldum’s talents during their time together at Anfield. He hailed the Merseyside natives’ £25m signing from Newcastle United in 2016 as a ‘sensational’ player, via Sky Sports. Wijnaldum also featured in all 38 of the Reds’ Premier League games in the 2020/21 season.
His transfer to Paris did not result in Wijnaldum becoming an instant success story under Mauricio Pochettino, though. The 86-cap international only started 18 of his 31 Ligue 1 appearances, and is now seemingly facing an uncertain future following the appointment of Christophe Galtier as head coach .