19 Jul 2016

Deal Close: Liverpool now favourites to sign 'magic' £27m attacker. Done deal expected this week

After overpaying for Sadio Mane, Jurgen Klopp seems hellbent on perpetuating Liverpool's irresponsible transfer spending by paying over the odds for 'magic' Newcastle attacker Georginio Wijnaldum.

According to The Telegraph:

"Liverpool have jumped to the head of the queue to sign Georginio Wijnaldum and are confident they can strike a deal this week. Newcastle have set a fee of £27m".

This potential deal follows the typical LFC transfer template:

* Player signs for rival club at a reasonable fee (Often having been linked with Liverpool first)

* 1-2 years later, Liverpool sign the player for an inflated fee.

Examples:

* Lovren: Cost Southampton £8m in 2014. LFC paid £20m a year later (150% increase)

* Mane: Cost Southampton £12m in 2014. LFC paid £34m 2 years later (183% increase)

* Markovic: Cost Benfica £7m in 2013. LFC paid £20m a year later (185% increase)

Wijnaldum seems set to continue the trend. Newcastle signed him a year ago for £14.5m, if the Reds pay £27m fee, it'll represent an 86% rise in just one year.

It's ridiculous, but this is the reality of Liverpool's current (flawed) transfer policy. It's not all bad, though - if Liverpool pay £27m, it'll only be a piffling 86% increase, which is peanuts compared to the 185% increase on Markovic's transfer fee.

Is Wijnaldum worth such a massive fee increase?




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