Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum wants to make a move to Liverpool this summer. The Reds are in pole position to capture the Dutchman from the recently relegated side.
Both the clubs are reportedly in negotiations over a transfer and the player has revealed his eagerness of moving to Anfield. Close sources suggest that Wijnaldum “has his heart set” on joining Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, according to De Telegraaf, via Sport Witness.
The Dutchman is not eager to continue with Newcastle United after the Magpies got relegated from the English Premier League last season. Despite their horrible performance in the league, Wijnaldum was a silver lining, ending as the club’s highest goal scorer of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur were the other club monitoring Wijnaldum, but recent reports suggest that they have left the chase to sign the player. This has given Liverpool an open field to tie the player up, should they be able to agree a transfer fee with Newcastle, according to Matt Law of the Telegraph.
It is believed that a fee of $27.5 million should be enough for The Reds to sign Wijnaldum, but offers from the super-rich Chinese league will push the value up. Newcastle wants a minimum of $35.5 million and above for the player and it will take some tough negotiations to sort out a deal.
The man from Rotterdam, Netherlands made 38 appearances for Newcastle in the Premier League last season. He scored a total of 11 goals for his club, creating 48 chances and five assists. He made a total of 1049 passes last season, 85% of which were accurate, 69% of which were forward passes, according to Squawka.com.
Both Wijnaldum and Liverpool are interested in the transfer to happen. The entire business deal now depends on the Magpies’ estimation of the player, which is the most difficult part of the negotiation.
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