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Hoffenheim officially confirm they are in talks to sell Joelinton

3 years ago
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Early on Wednesday afternoon, it was reported in Germany that Joelinton was discussing personal terms with Newcastle United.

Kicker broke the story (see below) and then other German media appeared to back up the initial report.

Kicker claimed that Joelinton had been pulled from the Hoffenheim squad ahead of this afternoon’s pre-season friendly against SSV Jahn Regensburg to allow the deal to be concluded.

A transfer fee of 40m euros (£36m) being reported to be the cost of Newcastle buying the 22 year old.

After fans of the club asked where Joelinton was after he didn’t appear to be amongst the Hoffenheim squad today, the Bundesliga club were surprisingly open in answering the queries from fans.

Using their official Twitter account, Hoffenheim confirmed that the Brazilian striker had indeed been pulled from today’s squad for the friendly.

They stated that ‘He is in concrete negotiations with a Premier League club’…

Whilst they didn’t name which club, which would have been unprofessional, it is very unlikely that the German media have go things so wrong, when it was they who first broke the news.

It may come as a shock to Newcastle fans, which shouldn’t be the case with no signings so far and being prepared to sell players such as Ayoze Perez for £30m, but it does appear that NUFC are going to smash their transfer record.

Quite ridiculous really when Mike Ashley refused to back Rafa Benitez in any tangible way.

The Mag – Earlier today (Wednesday 17 July 2019):

At the start of the week, both The Mail and Telegraph said that Newcastle United had a deal in place to sign Joelinton.

That a transfer would happen once Steve Bruce was appointed as NUFC Head Coach.

Steve Bruce was announced as Newcastle United Head Coach this morning and now German media are saying a transfer is set to happen.

Hoffenheim have a friendly this afternoon and Kicker are reporting that Joelinton has been pulled from the squad.

They state that he is now discussing personal terms with Newcastle United ahead of the signing being announced.

The price Newcastle are set to pay is 40m euros (£36m) according to the German sports magazine, a figure which is in line with the previous media claims. Claims which Newcastle fans had always dismissed…

Wednesday saw an embarrassing first pre-season friendly as Newcastle lost 4-0, indeed Wolves could have scored double figures.

NUFC had zero threat up front and not a shot on target worthy of the name.

The 22 year old Brazilian striker was claimed to be set to be the first summer signing and quite bizarre if this does now happen, considering Mike Ashley refused Rafa Benitez and net spend whatsoever.

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