Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum is closing in on a switch to Roma on a one-year loan deal, according to a report by goal.com.

Jose Mourinho is currently understood to be working on a deal that will include an obligation for the Europa Conference League winners to buy the Dutch international for a fee worth up to £13million.

Wijnaldum arrived at the Parc des Princes following five successful seasons as a core member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, winning both the Premier League and Champions League during his spell at the club.

After his contract expired at the end of the 2020-21 season, Wijnaldum had looked set to sign for Barcelona before PSG swooped in offering the Dutchman a salary reportedly around £150,000 a week.

Despite his impressive background, Wijnaldum’s arrival at the French club was overshadowed by big-name signings such as Gianluigi Donarumma, Sergio Ramos, and Lionel Messi.

After starting the first four league games of the campaign, the 31-year-old then struggled to establish a consistent space for himself within PSG’s star-studded squad, and increasingly found himself relegated to being a bit-part player as the Parisian club clinched their 10th league title.

Wijnaldum voiced his concerns about a lack of playing time in February while on international duty.

‘It is something different and that takes getting used to,’ he told reporters. ‘I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.’

Though the former Dutch Player of the Year would later claim his words had been misinterpreted, his playing time did not increase, starting just five league games from Christmas until the end of the season.

In his first full season as Roma boss, Mourinho led the team to a sixth-placed finish in Serie A, and by winning the UEFA Conference League, he delivered the club’s first European title since 1961.

Wijnaldum joins fellow new signings Zeki Celik, Paulo Dybala, and Namanja Matic as Mourinho looks to build on his success in his sophomore season at the Stadio Olimpico.

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