Gylfi Sigurdsson has been given until month's end from Hoffenheim to secure his transfer with English Premier League club, Liverpool.
The Icelandic midfielder is keen to join his former boss Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside after having played for Swansea on loan last season.
A statement was released by the Hoffenheim brass (as per LiverpoolEcho.co.uk):
“Gylfi Sigurdsson will not be with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the start of pre-season. He has, after consultation, obtained a prolonged holiday until 30 June.
“The club wants the 22-year-old to continue to secure a future in the Premier League.”
However, if a deal was not to be completed by June 30, then Sigurdsson would go back to Hoffenheim for pre-training.
Sigurdsson was to complete a £6.8 million move to Swansea, but negotiations came to a standstill after Rodgers was named the successor to Kenny Dalglish on Merseyside.
The midfielder has been named player of the season for Reading and Hoffenheim for two consecutive seasons.
Although the 22-year-old was to sign for £6.8 million with Swansea, Liverpool could be looking at more than £9 million to sign Sigurdsson.
The deal is said to be completed as early as next week:
If this will be the case, Sigurdsson will be Rodgers' first signing for the Reds—and a promising signing at that.