According to Lee Ryder, Newcastle are considering a move for Marseille full-back Bouna Sarr.
This comes from his latest transfer piece for The Chronicle, which reports that the current regime have a budget in place and have been making recruitment plans to safeguard the club’s future – just incase a potential Saudi backed takeover is rejected by the Premier League.
L’Equipe recently credited us with interest in the 28-year-old , claiming the Ligue 1 giants would sell for around £13m, while the Northern Echo also report that we’ve made an enquiry.
With Krafth signed last summer and Manquillo recently agreeing a new deal, some will doubt that we’re in the market for a new right-back, however it was claimed by CBS Sports that Yedlin is more than likely to leave this summer.
Elsewhere, Lee Ryder’s piece also states that we’re set to hold further talks with Tottenham, Inter Milan and Schalke over ‘possible permanent deals’ for Danny Rose, Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb.
Rose seems like the player most likely to stick around, not that he’s been particularly impressive, while Lazaro has shown real glimpses yet rarely been given a chance to prove himself week in week out.
He could be good value at £20m, but are we really going to pay that for a player who’s rarely being named in our starting XI….for some reason!
As for Bentaleb, he’s got talent and has looked decent in patches since we returned from lockdown, however his lack of mobility and risk taking on the ball has made him seem like a bit of a liability in the middle. No matter how cheap Schalke may let him leave for, I’m not sure he’s done enough to earn a permanent deal.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say a week before the transfer window opens:
“I know in my own mind but you don’t always get what it’s in your mind.
“We’d like Ronaldo in our minds! There will be more meetings next week and that will continue into the summer. Our job never stops.
“Our aim is to improve the squad and whether it’s one of the three loan lads let’s see what the demands are.”
“What we need is to have negotiations with their clubs to see where they stand and what they want.
“The three loan players belong to other clubs and I don’t think they will be sorted next week.
“We sorted it for them to stay an extra month and they all bought into that.
“We will see and what the demands are and their respective situations.”
A lot could change if a takeover is eventually passed (and it needs to be soon with the window opening a week on Monday!), but which realistic signings would you like to see us pursue this summer? Let us know!