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Report: Despite Benitez stay, Newcastle United likely to lose Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

Newcastle United could lose star Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, with Roma interested.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

Serie A giants Roma are considering a swoop for Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to reports from Italian website Forza Roma.

Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he will be continuing on as manager of Newcastle United and the news has served as music to the ears of the Magpies’ faithful.

Many believe that Newcastle will now be able to comfortably earn promotion back into the Premier League under the tutelage of Benitez and in addition, the Spaniard is expected to be able to keep hold of most of the Magpies’ star players this summer.

Nonetheless, a few players within the Newcastle ranks are not interested in playing in the Championship and star man Georginio Wijnaldum is believed to be one of them.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Wijnaldum has hinted that he could be leaving St. James’ Park in the summer and a number of clubs have expressed their interest in signing the Dutch international following his decent debut campaign in the Premier League.

Now according to reports from Italian publication, Forza Roma, it has been claimed that Newcastle are likely to lose the services of Wijnaldum to Italian giants Roma.

Roma are bracing themselves to receive bids for star man Miralem Pjanic this summer and are begrudgingly resigned to selling the midfielder this summer, with the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all said to be interested.

As a result, Roma have drawn up contingency plans in the event that Pjanic leaves the Stadio Olimpico and have reportedly identified Wijnaldum as the man to replace the Bosnian international.

Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum shoots

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