Roma have completed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on loan, according to Fabrizio Romano. Ex-Liverpool star Wijnaldum signs for Roma after struggling to find form in Paris, scoring just once in Ligue 1 last season. And with the arrival of well-regarded Portuguese midfielder, Vitinha, competition for places will be hotter than ever.
Georginio Wijnaldum will be in Rome in the coming hours, medical will take place on Friday morning then he will be unveiled as new AS Roma player. 🟡🔴🛩 #ASRoma
Loan with buy option for €8m. Roma will pay €5m, around 50% of salary.
Here we go confirmed since Monday night. pic.twitter.com/MfkkjKrJTm
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 4, 2022
Ex-Liverpool Midfielder Wijnaldum Signs for Roma
Wijnaldum Signs for Roma After Ligue 1 Struggles
The deal sees the Dutchman join the Italian side for a year on loan, with an option to buy him permanently for £6.7 million (€8 million). Roma will also contribute around 50% of the players salary, reported to be around £165,000 per week.
The 31-year-old will be Roma’s fifth signing this summer. Notorious manager, José Mourinho, has already brought in Mile Svilar, Nemanja Matić, Zeki Celik and Paulo Dybala so far. The latter shone a light on the passion of the fans, too, as his unveiling attracted over 10,000 supporters.
Wijnaldum enjoyed his best spell with Liverpool, playing 237 games for the English giants and winning the Premier League and Champions League in the process. Perhaps most notoriously, he came on at half time to score two goals against Barcelona in the infamous 4-0 semi-final victory. The Reds would go on to win the Champions League that year.
The Dutch midfielder has amassed over 600 professional appearances bagging 119 goals and 59 assists in the process. He had been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle among those keeping tabs on him.
Gini will face a fight for minutes at Roma, with competition for midfield places fierce. Mourinho favours a midfield three, with two playing deep and one in a more attacking role. In recent years, Wijnaldum has struggled to be as potent further forward.
But if he can find form in Serie A, that buy out clause could offer a bargain player with a wealth of experience.
Paperworks are being prepared today between AS Roma and PSG for Gini Wijnaldum deal. Roma will pay €5m as part of Gini’s salary. 🚨🟡🔴 #ASRoma
Full agreement on loan deal with buy option revealed yesterday night, it’s just matter of time. Here we go. pic.twitter.com/L9oxH7kvFL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2022