SUNDERLAND’S Simon Mignolet is finally on the verge of his move to Liverpool after the two clubs agreed a £12million transfer package.
On a day of dramatic developments in the transfer saga, a breakthrough was made which satisfied both sides.
Sunderland have agreed to accept slightly less than their £10million asking price, but they have brokered a deal which could see the final fee rise to nearly £12million with add-ons.
Now Mignolet and his representatives will enter into talks at Anfield over the next few days and the Belgian will undergo a medical.
A deadlock had existed since last weekend when SportMail first revealed the Belgian stopper was on the brink of a £10million to the Merseysiders.
Liverpool made their move after Mignolet and his representatives had stalled on an extension to the keeper’s contract at the Stadium of Light.
The Reds upped an initial £6.5million offer to £8million in a bid to beat off expected interest from Arsenal.
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre postponed a business trip to Brazil last weekend in order to push the deal through but the two sides were stuck for days with Sunderland unprepared to budge from their minimum £10million figure.
Yesterday afternoon though the impasse was broken when the Black Cats accepted the slightly lesser sum for the prospect of earning more in the long run.
The loss of the club’s Player of the Season will sadden Sunderland fans who have been thrilled by the Belgian’s heroics between the posts.
There is no doubt that he was the player most responsible last season for keeping the club in the Premier League.
Ideally, Sunderland would have hung on to the 25-year-old as the club progressed.
But Sunderland have a ready-made deputy in the wings in the shape of Republic of Ireland Keiren Westwood and will regard £10million as a great return on a player Steve Bruce paid St Truidenn £2million for, three years ago this month.