Hoffenheim have now all but confirmed reports that Joelinton will join Newcastle, stating he is now in ‘concrete negotiations’ with a ‘Premier League club’ and looks likely to leave.
This comes after German outlets Kicker and BILD claimed that his £36m move to Newcastle was now ‘imminent’, with Hoffenheim’s latest comment on social media explaining why he’s been withdrawn from their latest pre-season friendly today.
Here’s what they’ve said on Twitter in the last few moments after a Hoffenheim fan asked “Where is Joelinton” (with him absent from their line-up today):
“Joe is not there, he is in concrete negotiations with a Premier League club.
“It may be that he leaves us.”
While they don’t confirm that he’s now gone and that a move is ‘imminent’ (as several German outlets are claiming), this does all but confirm that he’s now in talks with Newcastle and looks highly likely to complete a club record move to St James’ Park.
Take note Newcastle United and Mike Ashley. THIS ^ is how you communicate with your fans.