Newcastle have reached the surprising decision to sell Allan Saint-Maximin and a report has added two clubs to the growing list of potential suitors.
Over the weekend, the Daily Mail produced a report claiming Newcastle will sell the mercurial winger this summer. They will accept bids worth £50million in order to fund ambitious signings.
Aston Villa are apparently keeping tabs on Saint-Maximin’s situation ahead of a possible move.
Any departure from St James’ Park has the potential to cause fan uproar. The Frenchman has captivated Newcastle supporters since joining from Nice in August 2019.
His trickery and pace make him an entertaining watch week in, week out. His presence is exactly what the Magpies needed during Steve Bruce’s stale spell in charge.
Many expected Saint-Maximin to form a vital part of the new project under Eddie Howe. But it seems that will not be the case.
Allan Saint-Maximin concern emerges
90Min back up the previous claims about Saint-Maximin’s sale. They add a new reason the mix, too – the forward’s wage demands.
His current deal runs until 2026, meaning Newcastle won’t have to begin negotiations any time soon. However, should there be talks over a renewal, Saint-Maximin would want a significant pay rise.
With club officials unwilling to meet his lofty demands, a transfer could occur later this year.
90Min add to the rumours by putting two more Premier League clubs on Saint-Maximin’s trail, in addition to Villa.
The first is Wolves. They view Saint-Maximin as a potential replacement for Adama Traore at Molineux.
The Spaniard is currently on loan at Barcelona. And their chief Joan Laporta is keen to make the deal permanent.
Wolves would be unable to meet Newcastle’s £50m asking price for Saint-Maximin. However, selling Traore for around £30m would push them closer to that figure.
Saint-Maximin is direct, just like Traore, and would provide plenty of excitement should he arrive at Molineux. Him and Pedro Neto on either flank is a scary thought.
The second side hoping to land Saint-Maximin is Everton. However, that will only happen if Frank Lampard steers them away from the bottom three.
The Toffees would also need to offload a couple of players before taking the wide man to Goodison Park. Recent financial struggles mean they have to be far more intelligent with their transfer dealings.