Tottenham Hotspur are among the teams listed as a potential destination for Gini Wijnaldum this winter…
The 31-year-old midfielder, who left Liverpool on a free transfer to join Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has found regular game-time hard to come by and could be shipped out on loan as a result, with the north Londoners keen, according to 90min.
It’s thought that half of the Premier League have been offered his services, including Spurs’ arch-rivals Arsenal, Saudi-backed Newcastle United and the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester City.
The £27m-rated dynamo would not be short on options, should the former Spurs boss sanction his departure.
Capped 85 times by the Netherlands, Wijnaldum is a vastly experienced option in the English top-flight, having racked up 217 appearances in the competition across spells with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and the Magpies.
He has also made 86 appearances across UEFA’s European competitions, most notably winning the Champions League against the Lilywhites in the 2019 final, when he played over an hour and completed 100% of his passes.
The idea of pairing the Dutch veteran alongside a young talent like Oliver Skipp is surely on Antonio Conte’s mind, not at least because he’s reportedly a big fan of the PSG midfielder.
Before his departure from Anfield, the Italian head coach was said to be ‘crazy’ about signing him for Inter Milan in the summer, as per FcInterNews (via Sport Witness).
Meanwhile, it’s hardly a surprise, given his qualities seem a surefire fit for a Conte system.
“I have no words for Gini’s performances and quality,” former Liverpool and Netherlands star Ryan Babel told Liverpoolfc.com. “He’s an incredible person. His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he’s really unbeatable and very hard to play against.”
Even despite only starting ten of his 20 appearances for PSG this season, Wijnaldum has still provided three goals and one assist, whilst his box-to-box qualities are reflected by the fact that he has averaged two total dribbles, 1.5 shots and 1.1 successful tackles per 90 throughout the course of his career, via WhoScored.
That makes him an even better fit for Conte’s system in north London as he’s capable of linking the midfield to the attack, whilst someone like Skipp sits a little deeper.