Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph reported late on Sunday night that Liverpool are favourites to sign Newcastle United star Georginio Wijnaldum, and could complete a deal this week.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 17, 2016
The Dutch star has been reportedly valued at £27m by the Tyneside club, but now it looks as though Rafa Benitez’s side have conceded defeat in trying to sell the midfielder for such a sizeable fee.
Instead, the Championship outfit will have to settle for a deal nearer to £20m – which is still a £5.5m profit on the £14.5m Newcastle paid PSV Eindhoven in July 2015.
The Telegraph claim that there is considerable optimism that talks could reach a conclusion within the week, with both parties keen to resolve the matter ahead of the new season.
It is evident that a player of Wijnaldum’s quality does not want to play in the second division of English football, and in truth, he is more suited to games away at Manchester United rather than Millwall.
Wijnaldum was awesome last season. 11 goals & 5 assists in a relegation team. 56 goals & 23 assists for PSV over the 4 seasons before. #lfc
— Givin It Bifters (@ThisKop) July 17, 2016
However, Liverpool travel to the United States on Thursday as part of their pre-season schedule, so manager Jürgen Klopp may want to rush negotiations before the team’s departure.
The Reds have already signed Sadio Mane from Southampton and Bundesliga duo Loris Karius and Joel Matip from Mainz and Schalke, but Klopp has insisted he needs further signings to strengthen the squad to challenge for the Champions League places, and he has the financial capability to do so.
Elsewhere, Liverpool are much closer to announcing the £4.2m signing of Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan. The 30-year-old appeared twice against the club in last season’s Europa League tie and Klopp is in need of options at the back with Martin Skrtl now a Fenerbahce player.
Klopp’s vast knowledge of the Bundesliga continues to aid Liverpool in the addition of Klavan, and the the former Borussia Dortmund manager has already aided the development many of the club’s Bundesliga recruits.
Emre Can’s game has progressed hugely under Klopp, whilst Roberto Firmino’s shackles have been cast off, enjoying a more attacking role.
However, a left-back is still needed with Alberto Moreno a cause for concern. It seems that Liverpool will need to look elsewhere with a move for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell unlikely.
Will Georginio Wijnaldum prove to be one of Liverpool’s wiser additions?