Stuttgart FC of Germany defensive midfielder Wataru Endo has agreed deal of €18m (£15.4m) to join English Premier League giants, Liverpool FC.
A medical has been arranged for the 30-year-old on Thursday,17 August 2023 as Liverpool look to tie up the transfer after being beaten to the signatures of Moisés Caicedo from Brighton and Roméo Lavia from Southampton, who both opted for moves to Chelsea, despite Liverpool agreeing transfer fees with their clubs.
There are no such problems anticipated in this deal. Endo, who is the captain of both Japan and Stuttgart, has already agreed personal terms and views the move as the biggest opportunity of his career.
The transfer was facilitated by Liverpool’s new Sporting Director Jörg Schmadtke, who was appointed in May.
Liverpool has been looking for a defensive midfielder after selling Fabinho to Al-Ittihad and their former captain Jordan Henderson to Al-Ettifaq.
Jürgen Klopp’s midfield has also been reinforced this summer with the arrival of the more attack-minded options of Hungary’s Dominik Szoboszlai, 22, from RB Leipzig and Argentina’s Alexis Mac Allister, 24, from Brighton.
Endo reportedly wants the move as it has been seen as one of the biggest opportunities in his career.
It’s been described as a surprising move with the Reds reportedly eyeing the 30-year-old.
He has made 99 appearances for the German side since signing in 2020.
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