Clearly bored of finishing behind Juventus during the past three seasons at Roma, Miralem Pjanic decided to follow the ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ train of thought.
The Bosnian midfielder is on the verge of completing his move from Rome to Turin in the coming days, having travelled for a medical on Monday, and Roma will now have to find a replacement.
According to Tuttopsort, the Serie A club could turn to England for this, more precisely to the Championship.
While this might seem surprising, the target itself makes sense, considering it is Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum, by far one of their best players in their disappointing season.
The Dutch attacking midfielder scored 11 goals and picked up five assists in 40 appearances last season, and many would argue his talent is far too good for the Championship.
As for the fee, the article reports Newcastle value the player at around €18m (£14.3m) for their star attacking midfielder, having bought him for £15m last summer.
Tuttosport report that Walter Sabatini, Roma’s sporting director, has already spken with the player’s agent and told him to wait before sorting out his client’s future as Roma are forced to wait until the 30th of June before doing any business in order to comply with FFP regulations.
The Italian newspaper say the interest is ‘very concrete’, and if that is the case, we will therefore have to wait until the beginning of next month before seeing any progress in this deal.