Georginio Wijnaldum completes loan move to AS Roma

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool against Newcastle United
Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool against Newcastle United | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has completed a season-long loan move to Serie A side AS Roma.

The former Liverpool midfielder was one of the players put on the exit list by PSG after he failed to live up to expectations in his debut season at the Parc des Princes.

He joins Roma where he will be hoping to get regular game time after being on the periphery for most of last season. Jose Mourinho’s side will get a player who has experience playing at the top level as the midfielder was part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League and Premier League titles under Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking after sealing the loan deal, Wijnaldum promised to give his best for his new club and the fans.

“It’s a really good feeling to be a Roma player,” the Dutchman said.

“Everyone I have spoken to has given me great feedback about the club and its fans.

“The club made it clear just how much they wanted me in the efforts they made to complete the deal, which always gives a player a lot of confidence and belief. The reception from the supporters, on social media and elsewhere, has also been fantastic.

“I promise to give 100% and help the team compete for all our targets this season.” 

According to a report by GOAL, Roma will pay PSG a loan fee of €5 million and will cover half of Wijnaldum’s salary.

The Serie A side also have the option to buy the 31-year-old from PSG outright for €8m next summer, but for now, he still has a contract at Parc des Princes which runs until 2024.

Wijnaldum becomes the fifth major summer signing for Mourinho’s side who have enjoyed a busy summer having already signed Nemanja Matic, Mile Svilar and Paulo Dybala on free transfers, while Zeki Celik joined them for an undisclosed transfer fee from Lille. 

However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alessandro Florenzi, Robin Olsen, Tommaso Milanese and Joel Voelkerling Persson have all been let go by the club.