Gini Wijnaldum is scheduled to have his Liverpool medical today and all being well will sign on for Liverpool for a fee expected to be somewhere between £25M and £27M, depending on which reports you believe.
The former PSV player will have been at Newcastle just a couple of weeks over a year and we are sorry to see this class player leave the club.
He will immediately jet off to America to join the Reds on their American tour with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to have him on board as quickly as possible.
Gini Wijnaldum – while at Newcastle for just over a year
Losing a top player like Gini is some of the collateral damage you get when you become second class citizens in English football and are relegated from the Premier League.
Newcastle will have to pay his former club PSV a sell-on bonus that we estimate will be around £2.5M – around 20% of the profit Newcastle make on Wijnaldum.
Assuming Newcastle get £25M gross for Wijnaldum then we will have made a net profit of £14M profit so far in this summer’s transfer market having brought in a whopping £48M for players we have sold this summer.
But Gini will have to be replaced and Rafa was already planning to bring in at least a couple more players to fortify the squad.
Gini will become the 8th player to have left Newcastle this summer and yesterday we brought in our 6th senior player when the club signed central defender Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers – another excellent signing by the manager.
Rafa has said today he wants to get the transfers at Newcastle done quickly so he can have a settled squad as soon as possible,.
We think there’s a very good chance now that Newcastle can get the full £35M for Moussa Sissoko with Juventus and Everton, two of the clubs who could be willing to pay that amount for Moussa.
We reported last night that Everton seem to have become very interested although whether Moussa would sign for a club not in the Champions League is debatable.
So maybe he will move to Juventus, because we cannot see Arsene Wenger playing that much and allowing Sissoko to join his beautiful dream club.
Here’s the current status of what has been the busiest transfer window for Newcastle in a long long time as Rafa Benitez is transforming the Newcastle squad and the Newcastle club.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|