Liverpool have made the signing of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum official through a release on the club's website. Having successfully completed his medical today, the midfielder will now travel to the United States join the team on its pre-season tour this weekend, and he will be expected to face Chelsea on Wednesday.
This past week, Jürgen Klopp turned his attention to the versatile 25-year-old after a number of other rumored negotiations for central midfielders failed to progress. The Reds closed the deal for a reported fee of £23 million up front plus a further £2 million in add-ons. The Dutch midfielder signed a five-year deal for a reported £75,000 a week to continue playing in the Premier League.
Wijnaldum agreed to a new five-year contract with Liverpool, according to Sky Sports. He was naturally delighted to sign for Liverpool and play for Jürgen Klopp: "I’m really excited because Liverpool is a big club with a great history and it’s always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool. [He seems] a great man - from the outside - because I don’t know how he works yet and I have to work with him. [But] I always love to watch him, his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group [with his passion] so I look forward to working with him."
Wijnaldum scored 11 goals last year -- his first in the Premier League -- but could not save Newcastle from relegation. Nonetheless, the onetime top PSV prospect maintained his status as an intriguing talent entering his prime. He brings dynamism, intelligence, skill, athleticism, and attacking productivity ahead of Klopp's first full season in English football.
There are questions about where he'll slot into Liverpool's lineup given the glut of skilled attacking midfielders in the squad, but with Joe Allen set to join Stoke City or Swansea City, there's at minimum a place for him as a key rotational piece in more of a box to box role.
Wijnaldum joins a list of notable recent Liverpool signings that includes the likes of Sadio Mané, Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Ragnar Klavan.