Liverpool have today completed the signing of Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
The 24-year-old completed a medical at Melwood today and is believed to have signed a five-year deal with the club. The fee is reported as £9million initially with an additional £1m in possible add-ons, this making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the club’s history.
Mignolet has made 13 appearances for the Belgian national team and became a highly respected permanent member of Sunderland’s first team since signing from Sint-Truiden in 2010. He won their fans player of the year last season.
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Reds boss Brendan Rodgers welcomed Mignolet to the club shortly after the deal was completed on Tuesday evening. He said on the club’s official website, “I am delighted that we have been able to sign one of the top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League.
“Simon will join a club that will give him an opportunity to demonstrate and improve his huge talent.”
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Rodgers told press last week that Mignolet was being brought in to provide competition for first choice keeper Pepe Reina, however speculation on Reina’s future at Anfield continues to increase.
Bookmakers have now slashed odds on the Spaniard leaving Merseyside for his former club Barcelona to 9/4, whilst he has also been linked to reuniting with ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli.