Hugo Ekitike has apparently told the Stade Reims manager he wishes to stay at the club, despite offers from Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Newcastle were aiming to sign the centre-forward in January, but couldn’t get a deal over the line. They recently came up with a new agreement, which would see them pay Reims £25.6million for Ekitike this summer.
However, there are two problems emerging for Eddie Howe’s side. The first is the lack of agreement on personal terms.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle have no intention of meeting Ekitike’s contract demands. What he wants isn’t known, although maybe he is attempting to exploit Newcastle’s vast wealth.
PSG are also providing serious competition for the attacker’s signature. New club chief Luis Campos is said to be a ‘big fan’ of him, which means a rival bid could occur in the near future.
Reims boss Oscar Garcia claims Ekitike is eager to remain in his squad for next season, despite having offers from much bigger clubs.
Garcia said (via The Chronicle): “He told me wanted to stay, but if there’s Real Madrid and Barcelona who come knocking…
“I find Hugo calm. I spoke with him. He will have no problem staying at the club, and neither will I.”
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It seems the 20-year-old will only push through a move if one of Spain’s two biggest clubs come calling.
Newcastle and PSG don’t have their pull power, making it hard for one of those teams to secure a deal.
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Real Madrid and Barca are yet to express a formal interest in Ekitike. This means the France U20 starlet could continue his development with Reims during the 2022-23 campaign.
If he has another impressive season there, then there is no reason why a big move cannot occur in summer 2023.
Meanwhile, a pundit has told Newcastle to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa to bolster Howe’s midfield options.