Transfer round up – Schar signs, striker fee agreed, Sels sold, Rondon swap deal? – 26/07/2018

A round up of all of today’s news & transfer gossip:

  • Newcastle have confirmed their fourth signing of the summer, with centre-back Fabian Schar signing an ‘initial’ three-year deal with the club after we activated his £3m release clause at Deportivo – Full story here. 
  • Sky Sports have confirmed that we have now agreed a £9.5m fee to sign Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto – with the Japanese international said to be now on his way to Tyneside for a medical – Full story here. 
  • Mainz have also released a statement confirming that they have now reached an agreement with Newcastle for the transfer of Yoshinori Muto – confirming that only the ‘formalities’ are left to sort – Full story here. 
  • Newcastle United flop Matz Sels has sealed a permanent move away from St James’ Park today, completing a surprise £4m move to newly promoted Ligue 1 side Strasbourg – Full story here. 
  • Following news that the club have agreed a £9.5m fee for Yoshinori Muto, Lee Ryder has confirmed that this will NOT stop us pursuing West Brom’s Salomon Rondon – suggesting that his arrival could now be at Dwight Gayle’s expense – Full story here. 

  • After completing his move to Newcastle United, Fabian Schar has admitted that he is ‘not like a typical defender’, claiming he likes to play and start attacks from the back – also vowing to score goals with his head – See his comments here. 
  • According to reputable North-East reporter George Caulkin, Newcastle have made contact with Bristol City over the signing of Joe Bryan – but suggests we are currently  refusing to pay their £6m asking price – Full story here.
  • Following his post-World Cup break, Aleksandar Mitrovic is now back at Newcastle United after failing to complete a move to Fulham as of yet – and he doesn’t look too happy about it all if Sky’s latest clip of him is anything to go by – See clip here .
  • According to The Mirror’s Simon Bird, Rafa Benitez’s £6m buy-out clause has now expired, meaning rival clubs will NOT be able to poach him from NUFC – however the Spaniard will be forced to pay £6m if he decided to quit the club – Full story here. 
  • NUFC reporter George Caulkin has shared his ‘concern’ following the arrival of Fabian Schar and imminent signing of Yoshinori Muto, questioning whether the pair will only actually improve the squad – and not Benitez’s starting 11 – Full story here.
  • And finally, we’ve conducted a small Q&A with La Liga specialist Simon Harrison (@simonhfootball) in a bid to find out a bit more about Fabian Schar following his £3m move to Newcastle United – Read it in full here – It’s WELL worth a look folks!

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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