Mike Ashley names Allan Saint-Maximin asking price & hands Bruce summer budget – Report

According to The Mail, Newcastle United won’t sell Allan Saint-Maximin this summer unless someone matches our £70m asking price.

The report states that any exit seems highly unlikely as a result, with Mike Ashley a stubborn seller and Steve Bruce determined to keep a hold of our best players.

That said, it looks like the NUFC boss will be relying on player sales to boost what looks to be a very limited summer budget, as The Mail claim he’s set to be handed just £12m to spend on new signings.

Here’s a snippet from Simon Jones’ latest piece on the transfer piece:

It’s understood Newcastle have around £12m to spend plus any revenue they raise through sales.

Winger Allan Saint-Maximin is their prime sellable asset but the club are likely to price him out of any move with the Frenchman valued in the £70m bracket.

That means they will have to be creative in their pay structure on deals or rely on loans.

This comes after the Frenchman admitted in an interview with talkSPORT last week that he’d be forced to consider his future if the club continued to fight for relegation – saying he wants to see Newcastle follow in Leicester’s footsteps by competing with the ‘big six’ and fighting for silverware.

As for Bruce’s alleged budget, we’re going to be reliant on a few loans, the odd free agent and player sales to help free up funds for the likes of Joe Willock.

Our on-loan goal machine may well end up staying at Arsenal in the end, but any permanent move for him, Hamza Choudhury or Kristoffer Ajer (three players mentioned as targets in The Mail’s piece) won’t seem possible if we don’t find a way of boosting Bruce’s budget.

Right now, I just hope we keep a hold of ASM, re-sign Willems on a free, sign a centre-back, a striker to provide more reliable cover than Dwight Gayle and bring Willock back – even if it’s for another season on loan!

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10 thoughts on “Mike Ashley names Allan Saint-Maximin asking price & hands Bruce summer budget – Report

  1. Why do the “fans” keep showing up? So embarrassing seeing them at the Sheff. Utd. game, with nothing to play for. Ashley knows they will keep attending until the Council tag the stadium as unsafe due to no maintenance.
    The sale will NOT go through. I bet ASM has a buy out clause and it’s not 70M as he is not worth that. I can see a few decent players moving on with mediocre players, with a very good wage, staying on the gravy train.

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  2. Ashley will sell for less than 70 anyway, 12 million is a pointless amount of money, as once again Ashley shows he is happy for the club to tread water, as he pockets more money while looking for someone to come in and spend millions to undo his lack of ambition, this is exactly why I swore to never go back while he was in charge

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  3. How we are supposed to compete in a challenging league is beyond me unless we get lucky with another loan like willock,look what we were like without that drive to support Wilson/ASM/Almiron they cannot do it all on their own

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  4. I’d rather sign a defensive midfielder to improve upon/back up Hayden than a 100th centre back after Lejeune, Lascelles, Dummett, Fernandez, Clark, Krafth (in that order)

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  5. What a load of utter click bait rubbish by the Daily Fail repeating a, article some twit started on Twitter. Their has been no price set and he has said he is happy to stay but that is forgotten about.

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  6. When you have ‘According ro The Mail’ to start your article then it just looks like a copy and paste exercise to wind the Newcastle fans up. Whats new…..another Hawkins exclusive lmfao

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  7. 12 million Mike Ashley having a laff you tight fat ******* give us more money to play with or a good idea is sell up and get out

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