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Why Liverpool beat Newcastle to Szoboszlai signing

An insight into Liverpool’s signing of Dominik Szoboszlai has been provided.

Liverpool triggered the RB Leipzig midfielder’s release clause – understood to have been €70m – on Friday, June 30.

The player has since been to Liverpool for medicals and an official announcement is expected next week.

The Hungarian will provide some much-needed attacking flair to Liverpool’s midfield and will be able to play in numerous positions.

Before securing Szoboszlai’s signature, Liverpool were reportedly facing competition from fellow Premier League outfit, Newcastle United.

And now, Fabrizio Romano has shed some light on how Liverpool won the race, simply stating that the Magpies were focused on landing Sandro Tonali from AC Milan:

“Liverpool and RB Leipzig have started to exchange documents to finalise the Dominik Szoboszlai deal, and he’s been to Merseyside for medical tests. It looks like all the paperwork has been approved, while the player has also had a direct call with Jurgen Klopp as this nears completion,” Romano said.

“Despite links with Newcastle, it’s not about the money or Champions League football or anything like that – Newcastle were simply focused on the Sandro Tonali deal and Liverpool decided to go for Szoboszlai, very simple. The player didn’t reject one club for another, he didn’t have to choose, Newcastle never triggered his clause, Liverpool did.”

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