Matip deal close

Joel Matip’s Liverpool transfer is likely to be confirmed in the next 48 hours. The 24-year-old defender decided to leave “Die Königsblauen” (the Royal Blues) Schalke this summer to join Liverpool.

The move of the Cameroonian international was rumoured on a number of occasions recently. But two reports from Germany suggest that the deal is going to be completed before the end of the week. Sky Germany reporter Dirk Schlarmann follows Schalke very closely and confirmed this evening that “staying at Schalke is more than unlikely – I think I that it will be announce before the weekend”. Beforehand the unofficial Schalke news-magazine claimed that Joel Matip already signed for Liverpool. Therefore a transfer confirmation is very likely this week.

Matip plays for Schalke since 2010 and is a modern centre back as well as a set-piece specialist. He scored already 4 times this campaign and assisted 3 other goals. Schalke’s number 32 is one of the five best centre backs in the Bundesliga and big loss for the “Royal Blue”.

An update by Sefendo

Sources (@thisisHCtv; @Sky_Dirk )


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