Transfer Rumor Roundup: Wijnaldum to Liverpool, Sane to Man City stalls

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According to multiple reports Georginio Wijnaldum is having a medical at Liverpool.

The Dutch midfielder, 25, scored 11 times in his debut season in the Premier League in 2015-16 but was relegated with Newcastle United.

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A report in the Guardian claims that Wijnaldum will join Liverpool for $32 million.

Wijnaldum is able to play a varity of positions with attacking midfield and out of the wing his most favored but he can also play in central midfield. Jurgen Klopp has already had a busy summer, signing five players and letting plenty more leave Anfield.

Wijnaldum would be a little different to Liverpool’s other attacking midfielders but they are stacked in that area of the pitch with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in those positions. Perhaps Klopp would use Wijnaldum in central midfield to add more dynamism to that area of the field.

Manchester City seem to have hit a stumbling block regarding the signing of German international Leroy Sane.

Sane, 20, wants to leave his team Schalke according to their officials but it is believed neither City or Bayern Munich are willing to pay the $55 million asking price for the young winger.

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Speaking to the media in Munich following City’s 1-0 defeat to his old club Bayern on Wednesday, Guardiola revealed Sane is a player City is watching but no fee has been agreed.

“Sane is a player of Schalke. Of course we talk to him – Schalke knows we are interested, but at this moment we don’t have many possibilities to get him,” Guardiola said. “There is a difference between Manchester City and Schalke and it is quite big. I do not know what is going to happen but right now he is with Schalke.”

If the winger does arrive then the likes of Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and even Raheem Sterling may be questioning their future at City. With Guardiola also signing Spaniard Nolito in the summer, City are undergoing a huge shakeup in the attacking third of the pitch.

Joe Allen is set to complete his move to Stoke City with the Potters reportedly having a $19 million fee accepted by Liverpool for the Welsh midfielder.

Allen, 26, excelled for Wales during EURO 2016 and although he became more of a regular for Jurgen Klopp during the closing months of last season, he isn’t believed to be in Klopp’s plans at Anfield.

Stoke will be looking for Allen to replicate the excellent form he had at Swansea City and in his early days at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers as the passing maestro can link up the play and connect with playmakers Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic, if he decides to stay on at Stoke next season and beyond. That is a mouth-watering prospect for Mark Hughes and seems like a good fit for everyone concerned with Allen set to get regular minutes in the PL.

Per the report above, Swansea City could make a last-minute bid to sign Allen but more than likely he will be heading to Stoke.