Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after a disappointing 2021-22 season. Wijnaldum is reportedly heading to Italy, where he’ll join AS Roma on a year-long loan.
According to soccer insider Fabrizio Romano, Roma will pay half of Wijnaldum’s salary for 2022-23, which amounts to €5 million. The Seria A side will also have an option to make a move permanent for another €8 million next summer.
Georginio Wijnaldum is known for his time with Liverpool, where he was one of the key players for the team during the UEFA Champions League-winning campaign in 2018-19 and the Premier League-winning season the year after. After his contract with the Reds expired in the summer of 2021, WIjnaldum opted to sign for PSG.
Despite expecting a prominent role with Ligue 1 powerhouse, Wijnaldum found himself struggling to make the starting 11 once the 2021-22 season started. He made 31 appearances in the national competition but only started 18 games. The 31-year-old player finished the season with three goals and three assists in all competitions.
Getting Wijnaldum to Stadio Olimpico is another big coup for AS Roma as it looks to challenge for the top four in Seria A next season. The club previously also signed Argentinian star striker Paulo Dybala, defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, and left-back Zeki Celik.