According to the Northern Echo, RB Leipzig have told Newcastle they’ll have to pay ‘more than £22.5m’ if they want to sign Ademola Lookman at the end of any potential loan move.
Paul Fraser’s latest piece also claims the Bundesliga leaders will only sanction a temporary deal if it includes a ‘guaranteed future sale’ at the end of the season and loan fee.
They paid £22m to sign the England U-21 winger from Everton just last summer, so they’re naturally reluctant to avoid making a quick loss, however I can’t see us agreeing to pay in excess of this fee – especially if they want an ‘obligation to buy’ in place, not an option.
The Echo insist that Lookman is ‘keen’ to make the move to Tyneside, but these new details suggest there’s plenty work to be done if we want to get the 22-year-old ‘over the line’.
A loan with an option to buy (at a fee between £15-£20m) may suit us down to the ground, yet a move until the end of the season which requires us to pay OVER £22.5m seems like one we just won’t agree to.
An ‘exclusive’ from Football Insider reports this morning that a deal between the two clubs has been agreed, but it feels like this one is far from done if the Northern Echo’s latest update is anything to go by.