Your Newcastle United transfer roundup for Saturday, October 22.
Newcastle must pay £25million to sign Brighton ace Leandro Trossard in January, claims 90 minutes insider Graeme Bailey. The Belgian is out of contract at the end of the season and is linked with a Dan Ashworth reunion at Tyneside.
“They (Newcastle) still don’t have that ability to unlock teams sometimes in the final third, you know,” Bailey said. “For the moment, Newcastle are betting on the spectacular.
“We’ve seen Almiron hit a rich vein of form and those are his magic moments. We saw Fabian Schar hitting a 30-yarder against Nottingham Forest earlier in the season. But sometimes you have to fight your way through these players – and sometimes they depend a little too much on Bruno.
“And in terms of a fee… there’s a year left, you’re not looking at £50m. But yeah, I think you’re looking at £25m. From what I hear, £20/25m is about right.
Barça will challenge Toon
A Brazilian journalist claims that Barcelona will compete with Newcastle to sign wonderkid Andrey Santos. Reports have linked the 18-year-old with a big move to Tyneside in recent weeks.
Efforts have been made to boost Magpies youth training since the sporting director arrived in June. Six youngsters came through the door, emphasizing that off-field focus is just as important as the first team.
Santos is said to be the crown jewel of Newcastle’s youth signings so far. However, speaking about his Youtube channelBrazilian journalist Jorge Nicola suggests that Barcelona – just like with Garang Kuol – are also keeping tabs on the midfield.
Newcastle are ‘ready’ to sign Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu, say CalcioMercato. The Italian outlet reports that the Magpies ‘dream’ of signing the midfielder from Inter Milan – who has 72 caps for his country.
Rumors have heated up in recent days linking Newcastle with Calhanoglu. Earlier this week, the same publication claimed that Toon chiefs were battling with Manchester United over the signing of the 28-year-old.
A creative midfielder, Calhanoglu would be a cheaper alternative to Leicester City talisman James Maddison.