Georginio Wijnaldum’s move to Liverpool appears to have been confirmed – by the player’s brother.
After being linked with the Dutchman throughout the summer, reports emerged on Thursday that the Reds had agreed a fee with Newcastle to sign Wijnaldum.
Newcastle had demanded £25m from the Premier League side for the player they signed for £14.5m last summer, with Liverpool thought to be trying to negotiate a reduction in the fee.
But the move is now expected to be pushed through by the end of the week – and possibly as early as Thursday – with Wijnaldum’s brother appearing to confirm the reports on Twitter.
Soon .. 🎉🍾 pic.twitter.com/gs3rmemhmQ
— Giordon Wijnaldum (@giordonezw) July 21, 2016
It is understood that Wijnaldum will complete his medical after joining up with the club on their tour of the US, for which they flew out in the early hours of this morning.
The 25-year-old would be the fifth new arrival at Anfield this summer after the signings of Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan.
If Liverpool do indeed spend £25m on the Dutch international, it would push their summer spending towards the £70m mark, and beyond the current highest-spending club, Manchester United.