Tuesday brought confirmation that Newcastle and Liverpool were discussing the transfer of Gini Wijnaldum.
The sticking point said to be that Liverpool wanted to pay in instalments, rather than the problem being the actual size of the fee.
Wijnaldum flew directly from Dublin to Holland at the weekend rather than travelling back to Newcastle with the rest of the squad, with a move to Liverpool on the cards.
Now the media in both Holland and England are reporting that Wijnaldum will not take any part in tonight’s Newcastle friendly at Doncaster, the player being looked after ahead of the imminent transfer.
Over in Holland, some extra interesting background info on the former PSV Captain’s soon to be confirmed transfer, with De Telegraaf reporting that their understanding is that national coach Danny Blind has made clear he will struggle to select players if they are in the Championship.
It was Blind who first revealed that Daryl Janmaat was determined to move if Newcastle were relegated and he is also expected to follow Wijnaldum out of the door.
Holland have a vital match as early as just over six weeks time, Danny Blind’s squad travelling to Sweden for what could prove a pivotal game in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. After the disastrous Euros 2016 qualifying effort, Blind and Holland will be desperate to start this 2018 World Cup group stage in the right way – and with players competing at the highest level possible.
De Telegraaf also mention Liverpool are set to significantly increase the Newcastle midfielder’s current 70,000 euros (approx £58.5m) per week wages. Although they also claim that a number of Chinese clubs had also shown interest and were prepared to dwarf any figure Liverpool could offer, though Wijnaldum was uninterested.