Newcastle have seen a bid worth approximately £33.5m for Jack Harrison rejected, though a report has revealed at what price Leeds United could sell.
The Magpies are by far the world’s richest football club following their Saudi-led takeover last year. However, despite the untold riches at their disposal, Newcastle have taken a more measured approach to the market.
Indeed, the club’s record buy is still Joelinton – a player signed before the Saudis arrived.
Nevertheless, Newcastle have found great success thus far shopping for more modestly-priced players. Matt Targett (£15m), Nick Pope (£10m) and Sven Botman (£35m) have arrived this summer and all three look excellent value on paper.
Additions in the final third have long been touted. Hugo Ekitike was a concrete target before the Frenchman opted to join PSG on a loan with an option to buy instead.
Targets on the wings have come and gone too, such as Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby. However, according to French outlet FootMercato, Newcastle may find greater success with Leeds United’s Jack Harrison.
They state Newcastle have tabled a bid worth €40m (£33.5m). Their report indicated it has been knocked back, though the price Leeds could relent at is stated.
It’s claimed Leeds are looking for the slightly higher figure of €47m (£39.33m). If a bid of that size (less than £6m more) is lodged, the inference is Leeds may be receptive to a sale.
Marsch comments on Jack Harrison future
Harrison’s future has come under the microscope this summer following Luis Sinisterra’s arrival.
The Colombian operates primarily on the left wing – Harrison’s primary position. The right wing berth vacated by Raphinha could be filled by Daniel James, leaving Harrison as the odd man out.
Furthermore, when quizzed about his future in an interview, Harrison cryptically replied: “We’ll see what happens.”
Regardless, when speaking about Harrison’s future during Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia, Jesse Marsch said: “Jack unintentionally brought attention to the whole situation because, for sure, his intention is to be with us.
“Even when I mentioned about (how) we listen to lots of offers for lots of players, that’s the reality of what our business is.
“Jack really didn’t mean to bring any attention to it and I’m sure he’ll have his chance to give his side of things. But I know he’s happy here.
“I know he loves playing for the club and he and I have a great relationship.”
Would Leeds really sell?
An offer close to £40m would represent excellent value for Harrison. However, the new season is less than a week away and a sale would require Leeds to dip back into the market.
Their quest to sign another forward in the form of Charles De Ketelaere has all but failed. The Belgian is on course to join AC Milan for £30m after a protracted transfer saga. Fabrizio Romano tweeted De Ketelaere will undergo a medical in Milan today (Monday).
Harrison is Premier League-proven having bagged eight goals in each of his two top flight campaigns. What’s more, his versatility allows him to cover deeper positions on the left side, something he has done during pre-season.
As such, Leeds may be wise to reject Newcastle’s approaches even if they do reach the full valuation.