These days, a transfer is not confirmed until the club’s Twitter account tweets that the deal has been officially completed.
However, Liverpool have seemingly been beaten to announcing the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum by the player’s brother.
Giordon Wijnaldum may find himself in a spot of bother after he tweeted a picture of his sibling wearing a Liverpool shirt along with the club’s crest and the hashtag #WelcomeGeorginio. It looks incredibly official and, unless it’s a very good Photoshop, the image must have been leaked from the club.
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It will be interesting if Liverpool use the same image when a deal is confirmed in the coming days.
While we still wait for official confirmation from the club, it’s believed that Liverpool have agreed a £25 million deal with Newcastle for the Dutchman. Wijnaldum may have been part of the Newcastle squad that finished 18th last season, but the 25-year-old impressed with 11 goals during the league campaign - including four against Norwich in October.
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An accomplished manager like Jurgen Klopp would have no doubt have thought long and hard how Wijnaldum will fit into his side but there are certainly a few question marks regarding his role.
In March, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez admitted that he hadn’t quite worked out exactly where he should play the talented midfielder.
Benitez on Wijnaldum
“That is the problem: because he is so good, he can play everywhere and do well,” he told reporters.
“We were thinking about where to play him the other day, and we said: ‘His best position could be behind the striker’.
“But because he is doing well he can play on the right, he can play on the left.
“And even then I was talking to him about when he was playing against Costa Rica in the World Cup in Brazil, in a deeper position, and he can play there too because he is so good.”
Carragher on Wijnaldum
And Jamie Carragher is also unsure of Wijnaldum’s favoured position. After it was reported that Liverpool had agreed a deal for the midfielder, he tweeted: "Interested to see where he fits in, CM alongside Can? One of the three behind the striker? What's his best position??”
Whatever position Klopp plans on playing him, Wijnaldum looks set to join Liverpool - although the club may not be too impressed with the way his brother let the cat out of the bag.