According to reports from The Express, Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan transfer target Georginio Wijnaldum has refused to confirm or deny whether his Newcastle United contract includes a relegation release clause.
The Netherlands international joined the St. James’ Park ranks from PSV last summer and has impressed in the Premier League despite Newcastle’s lowly league standing of 19th place, claiming nine goals and four assists in 31 league outings.
The Express, citing reports from Calcio 24, claim the 25-year-old has emerged as a potential transfer target for Serie A trio Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma – who are eager to take advantage of the Toon army’s potential relegation to the Championship.
That’s in no small part due to rumours of Wijnaldum’s Magpies contract including a relegation release clause, which could see potential suitors sign him for less than the £14.5million fee Newcastle paid last summer.
However, the versatile midfielder has refused to confirm – or deny – whether his Tyneside deal includes such an arrangement. When quizzed on the issue this week, he told Metro Nieuws; “Do I have a clause that I can leave if relegated? I do not give information about what is in my contract.”
“I do not think about it until the end of the season and focus on the upcoming matches. But the club is working hard to put everything right and I am confident that we will be okay.”