Last summer, Georgino Wijnaldum was one of the players that PSG wanted to sell but ultimately couldn't get rid of entirely. Wijnaldum got loaned to Italian side AS Roma with a non-commital buy option (Wijnaldum would need to play a now-impossible 50% of all Roma games this season for it to be enforced by PSG) and the Italians have shown interest in acquiring the player but only at a discounted price now that the threshold won't be met.
Wijnaldum got loaned to Italy's Serie A team Roma earlier this year, back on Aug. 5, as part of PSG's plan to rejuvenate and refresh a squad now led by coach Christophe Galtier.
PSG wanted to sell Wijnaldum and other players (such as Argentina World Cup winner Leandro Paredes) but ultimately the efforts weren't good enough and multiple first-teamers had to exit on loan deals instead.
While the board of Paris Saint-Germain was able to bake some future buy options into those deals, including one for €8M in Wijnaldum's contract with Roma, that surely was not the most optimal of the solutions available to the French club.
After playing just 12 minutes for Roma this season before suffering a fracture on the tibia, Wijnaldum is now expected back in Roma ahead of January's games on Jose Mourinho's team schedule.
It's been reported that Roma don't want to pay the €8M they agreed to with PSG. That option, though, cannot be enforced because Wijnaldum won't appear in at least 50% of all Roma games because of his injury, so the Italians won't need to pay that price to retain the player if they don't want to, allowing him to return to PSG's squad next summer.
Knowing that, Roma are now trying to negotiate a lowered price with PSG for the 32-year-old midfielder.
PSG don't have a lot of leverage here, of course, and with the Parisian trying to unload as many unwanted players as they can in the past few months and already planning to do so starting next summer, odds are they end up accepting Roma's terms.
Roma's general manager Tiago Pinto, according to a note published by Italian media outlet Il Tempo, is negotiating a lower fee to acquire the services of the veteran next June, one year in advance of the expiration of the deal of the Dutchman with PSG.
The deal is assumed to include a lower salary for the player, too, which he is reportedly willing to accept to remain in the Italian club if both Roma and PSG can reach an agreement.
The additions of Vitinha, Carlos Soler, Fabian Ruiz, and Renato Sanches are a clear indication of PSG's plans for their midfield going forward, and Wijnaldum is nowhere to be found in them.
Expect PSG to look for and ultimately find a solution to Gigi's exit in the next few weeks and months even if that means losing some money which, in the case of PSG's owners, will never be too much of a problem for them.