Liverpool ‘inform’ club they have ‘triggered release clause’ with ‘deal done’ for €70m Newcastle target

Jason Soutar
Liverpool target Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates winning the DFB Pokal.
Liverpool target Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates winning the DFB Pokal.

Liverpool have agreed to pay the €70million release clause in Dominik Szoboszlai’s RB Leipzig contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

David Ornstein revealed on Thursday afternoon that the Reds are looking into the possibility of signing the Hungarian playmaker.

The Premier League side had to act fast if they wanted to land the player for no more than €70m (£60.1m) as his release clause was set to expire on July 1.

And transfer expert Romano has said Liverpool have decided they will trigger Szoboszlai’s release clause.

Writing on Twitter on Friday evening, Romano said “here we go” for the transfer after Jurgen Klopp’s side “informed” Leipzig they will pay the fee in one go.

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Romano said: “BREAKING: Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool, here we go! Understand RB Leipzig are now informed that Liverpool have triggered the release clause.

“€70m deal done, to be signed soon. Personal terms agreed, Szobo’s ready for medical tests soon. Huge signing for #LFC.”

Szoboszlai will join Argentina World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister at Anfield as Klopp gets his midfield overhaul well underway.

Signing two or three new midfielders was imperative going into the summer transfer window and the German manager has landed two superb players before the end of June.

Szoboszlai was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United, who also expressed an interest in James Maddison.

And in the same week Maddison signed for Tottenham, Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Szoboszlai, with personal terms unlikely to be a problem.

Szoboszlai scored six goals and provided eight assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances last term and will leave Leipzig for €48m more than they signed him for.

When rumours of a move to Newcastle were gathering pace, the 22-year-old dropped hints he is ready to take on a new challenge.

“If there is interest, I will consider it, not because I don’t have a good time in Leipzig, but because I have always been interested in challenges,” the Hungarian international told Cimlap earlier this month.

“On one side of the scale is a good Leipzig, with a coach who trusts me and teammates who accept me and also believe in me. No footballer can wish for more than that. This is quite an extra situation.

“At the same time, on the other side, there is the question, if I can now take a step towards Europe’s top five or six clubs, should I say no to the challenge? I’ve never been that type!

“I am in a very good position, as I can play in a fantastic club. However, I don’t want 15 years from now to look back on my career as if I didn’t get the most out of it.”

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