Everton reportedly have fresh competition as they look to sign former Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum from Paris Saint-Germain.
Wijnaldum wants to leave the Parc des Princes this summer after an underwhelming debut campaign with the French giants. He joined on a free transfer from Liverpool and PSG were expecting big things from him.
However, the 31-year-old struggled to show his true ability in 38 matches across all competitions.
He did help PSG win the Ligue 1 title, which they got back from Lille. But the club’s ultimate goal is to lift the Champions League and they once again fell short.
According to recent reports, Everton are among a quartet of Premier League sides who want to bring Wijnaldum back to England. The other teams who hold an interest in him are West Ham, Wolves and Leicester.
French newspaper L’Equipe claim Wijnaldum is now on the transfer list, along with eight of his PSG team-mates. Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa are among those who have been put up for sale.
Italian source Calciomercato provide an update on the Dutchman’s situation. They claim Everton have a new rival in the hunt as Jose Mourinho’s Roma also want to sign the star.
Wijnaldum has apparently been offered to some of Italy’s biggest clubs. But with the likes of AC Milan and Inter focusing on other targets, Roma are the sole representative from Serie A when it comes to wanting Wijnaldum.
Gini Wijnaldum price tag revealed
Calciomercato state Wijnaldum will leave PSG this summer on a season-long loan. After this, the French champions will accept offers worth just over £17million for the Netherlands international.
This is an achievable fee for both Everton and Roma, although a player or two may need to be sold at the respective clubs first.
Wijnaldum has bags of Premier League experience and would likely go straight into Frank Lampard’s starting eleven. So a move for £17m would make sense for the Toffees.
A potential sticking point is the player’s wages. He takes home roughly £147,000 a week in Paris. Everton and Roma would struggle to meet these demands.
But PSG want to get him off their books in the next year or so and are willing to smooth a deal over by helping with wages.
They are happy to pay half of Wijnaldum’s salary next season if it means he leaves permanently in summer 2023.
This update should give Everton some serious thinking to do. Signing Wijnaldum would be a real statement thanks to his pedigree and trophy cabinet.
Plus, adding players like Wijnaldum to Lampard’s squad would surely help them improve on their 16th-place finish last term.
However, Roma look set to rival Everton for Wijnaldum all the way, setting up a potentially exciting transfer battle.