Some fresh claims have arrived today regarding Fabian Schar’s future at Newcastle United.
Firstly, German outlet Sport Bild report that the defender is eager to seal a return to the Bundesliga – a league he knows well following a previous spell at Hoffenheim.
They claim that Newcastle would be willing to sell at the right price – suggesting the club have tied him down to a new deal to protect his value and avoid him leaving on a free transfer this summer.
These claims have since been addressed by The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, who has now had ‘confirmation’ that the club have triggered their option to extend his deal by a further year amid talk of a return to Germany.
This will allow the club to at least receive a fee for the Swiss international, and Sport Bild seem to think we’d be happy to cash in while we can should an acceptable bid arrive from one of the Bundesliga sides said to be interested in the 29-year-old.
With the ball-playing defender not always a first-choice option under Steve Bruce and recent reports suggesting we’re in the market for TWO new centre-backs this summer, it would be no surprise if we sold him for a fee now – rather than keep him around and lose him for nothing this time next year.
It would also add to what looks set to be a small budget for the NUFC boss, with some outlets suggesting he has just ‘£12m plus player sales’ to work with.
Schar is a class act when he wants to be, however he may well be looking for a new challenge after a stop start season at St James’ Park and frustrating Euros so far – seeing him dropped for their final group game with Turkey earlier this week.