Roma have apparently made the first move for the coveted Dutch midfielder.
On the way out? Georginio Wijnaldum
The deal is thought to be a loan offer, one that comes with a high buy-out clause that the Giallorossi can enact at any time.
A loan offer will appeal to Newcastle fans, for it provides the chance that the Dutch international could return to Tyneside if the Magpies can secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Georginio Wijnaldum was Newcastle's top scorer last term
The buy-out clause is however unknown, but with a valuation believed to be at around the €30 million mark, it is thought to be somewhere in the region of that figure.
Wijnaldum is one of three potential targets for the Romans, who are looking to fill the void left in their midfielder following the departure of Miralem Pjanic to Juventus.
Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic is also wanted by Roma
Matteo Kovacic of Real Madrid and Axel Witsel of Zenit St Petersburg are the other two players thought to be on the Roma watch list.
Wijnaldum has already revealed his intention to leave St James’ Park this summer, having ordered his agent to look for a new club as well as telling the Newcastle hierarchy he wants to leave the club following their relegation to the championship.
Benitez will stay at Newcastle next season
The former PSV midfielder was the club’s top scorer last season, and it seems unlikely that Newcastle will be able to retain his services despite the decision by Rafa Benitez to stay at the club.
Benitez is currently looking to strengthen rather sell his best players as he looks to prepare Newcastle for an instant return to the Premier League, however, keeping hold of Wijnaldum looks now to be an impossible task – at least in the short term.