According to the Times’ Gary Jacobs, Jonjo Shelvey is no longer the club’s highest paid player following the arrival of Joelinton.
The report states that Shelvey – who is currently earning an alleged £80,000 per week – has been overtaken by the Brazilian following his £40m move from Hoffenheim.
While an exact figure is not stated, this shows that the Joelinton’s weekly wage will be in excess of £80,000.
This means the 23-year-old striker will receive at least £4.1m per year – which would cost the club a minimum of £25m alone (based on a £80,000 wage) if he sees out his six-year-contract at St James’ Park.
The same paper – The Times – also claim that Sean Longstaff could be set to gain a huge pay rise following his meteoric rise in 2019, with the 21-year-old midfielder said to be in talks over a new improved contract.
Back to Joelinton, let’s hope he can justify his price tag and do the business in front of goal over the coming season.
He was isolated on Sunday and struggled to make a major impact, but I like what I’ve seen of him so far, with him seeming to have a nice mix of pace, power and quick thinking – three traits that should stand him in very good stead following his big move to the Premier League.