According to Kicker Joelinton has been left out of Hoffenheim squad for their preseason friendly against Regensburg.
However, this is the exact same outlet that just yesterday claimed that Hoffenheim were nowhere near close to selling the Brazilian to Newcastle. That is basically the extent of the reporting from Kicker.
However after this initial report from Kicker, Bild has followed up with more information saying that they believe the deal is basically done. The Chronicle has tweeted the following information as Bild is a subscription only site:
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) July 17, 2019
It could be that the deal will soon be announced and it appears to be for €40m. The Chronicle also did a good job on doing a scouting report yesterday on the striker.
This will be small first step in getting this squad prepared for the long season ahead. We need at least five more signings and if this deal is for as much as has been reported, then they will need to get creative with the remaining budget.
It is also vital that our established players are kept at the club. The team was poor today in their first preseason match against a Wolves team who have been at it for a few weeks longer and it really showed.
We would also expect former Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott to be announced soon as well. Let’s see if Charnley can get these two deals over the line.