Newcastle have reportedly found out how much Jordan Veretout will demand in wages, should the Roma player end up at St James’ Park this summer.
Veretout has had somewhat of a nomadic career. After coming through the ranks at Nantes, he made 143 appearances for the French outfit before joining Aston Villa. However, the central midfielder didn’t make a big impact in England and left for Fiorentina in 2017, either side of a loan spell at Saint Etienne.
Following two years at Fiorentina, the five-time France international left for Roma. The deal was initially a season-long loan, then Roma paid around £15.8million to sign him permanently.
Veretout isn’t one of Jose Mourinho’s first midfield options at the Stadio Olimpico. But he regularly comes off the bench and has made 47 appearances in all competitions this season, registering four goals and 10 assists.
The star is helping Roma fight for Europa League qualification in Serie A. They sit in sixth place with one match remaining.
Roma could qualify for the competition anyway by winning the inaugural Europa Conference League. They play Feyenoord in the final on Wednesday May 25.
However, Veretout might not be playing under Mourinho next term. That’s because Newcastle are pursuing him ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Magpies have seemingly fought off competition from Tottenham to put themselves in pole position for the 29-year-old.
Jordan Veretout value falls again
In late March, reports claimed Veretout would be available for £15m, as Roma want to sell to improve their finances.
Sport Witness provide an update on the midfielder’s transfer links, while citing reports coming out of Italy.
They claim Veretout’s transfer value has fallen further. Newcastle can now bring him back to England for £12.6m, instead of £15m.
Eddie Howe’s team have apparently been monitoring him ‘for some time’ and are preparing to make a move at the end of the season.
The report reveals how much Veretout will demand each week, should Newcastle strike a deal with Roma.
He wants a salary worth £3.8m per year, which equates to £73,000 a week. Sport Witness state Newcastle will ‘shower Veretout in gold’, presumably by meeting his lofty financial demands.
Newcastle’s current highest earner is Joelinton, who takes home £86,000 each week. Veretout would slot into second place on the wage bill, should the deal go through.
Veretout is a quality operator and would improve Howe’s options in the middle of the park.
But the manager already has Joelinton, Bruno Guimaraes, Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff in his squad, among others.
Due to this, Veretout could end up being used as an impact substitute, which is currently the case at Roma.
The playmaker would earn more at St James’ Park, but maybe he should prioritise becoming a regular start at another club.
One option is French outfit Marseille, as they are supposedly rivalling Newcastle for his signature.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are plotting an ambitious raid for a Leeds forward to compete with Callum Wilson and Chris Wood.