Newcastle are chasing Ivan Toney and Fabian Ruiz as they look to strengthen their attacking options. But could they do it? If Newcastle fail to sign Badiashile then it is likely Monaco will increase their asking price to PS50m and a move to Ligue 1 will attract big offers from Europe’s top clubs. Read on for the latest in the race to sign the 55 millionrated Newcastle target.
Ivan Toney has been attracting attention from Manchester United, West Ham United, Leeds United and Newcastle. The striker is valued at PS40-45 million and has three years left on his contract at Brentford. Toney has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a number of reasons. He has scored six goals in 62 appearances for the Toon, while a strong team will be hard to beat, but the Premier League is a different matter.
Toney’s contract with Brentford expires this summer, so Manchester United are expected to make a bid for him. Brentford, meanwhile, are considering selling the striker for PS45m. Fabrizio Romano of CaughtOffside reports that Newcastle have made initial contact with the striker. However, Manchester United have not made an offer. Toney’s future remains unclear, but Manchester United are reportedly a potential suitor.
Ivan Toney is the latest player in the race for a Manchester United transfer. The 55 millionrated Newcastle target was first linked with the Red Devils in the summer. The club has spent almost half of their transfer budget on summer transfers and are keen to sign an attacker to strengthen the squad. The lack of attacking players has left Moussa Diaby and Alexander Isak frustrated.
As Napoli continue their search for a new midfielder, Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the race to sign the Italian international. Ruiz is currently in his final year of contract with the Italian club and has been linked with both Manchester clubs and Newcastle United for several weeks. Meanwhile, Napoli have also been interested in Newcastle’s sensational midfielder Victor Osimhen.
With Lucas Hernandez set to leave on a free transfer next summer, Manchester United need to sign a quality replacement for the Chile international. Their current options in the central midfield do not convince. Ruiz, like Zakaria, is of similar age and could provide a long-term solution in this position. However, Newcastle are unlikely to be able to offer him a contract extension until 2023.
The Chelsea and Man United interest in Ruiz are largely down to his proven form and versatility. The 23-year-old has already scored five goals in 38 appearances in all competitions and has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Despite the interest in Ruiz, Newcastle have plenty of cover in deeper midfield territories thanks to Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny.
With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic expected to leave the club this summer, the Red Devils will need a new central midfielder. However, Frenkie de Jong, who is valued at 55 million euros, is another option. However, the Dutchman has indicated his desire to stay at Barcelona. Meanwhile, Newcastle have been linked with Conor Gallagher, although the former Manchester United midfielder signed a new contract with the Gunners last month.
Frenkie de Jong
It has been reported that Manchester United are in the race to sign Newcastle midfielder Frenkie de Jong. De Jong, rated at PS75million by Newcastle, is a target of Erik ten Hag’s side, but he is yet to make his first team debut. The Dutchman is a proven defender, with almost a century of league appearances to his name. However, his decision to join United remains a tough one.
Manchester United have agreed a fee with Barcelona and are now keen on signing the attacking midfielder, but Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested. Despite the high fee agreed upon, it is still not confirmed if De Jong will move to Old Trafford. Manchester United and Barcelona have previously managed the Belgian during his time at Ajax, and they are prepared to pay up to PS63million for his services.
If Manchester United can sign De Jong on a cheap loan, they are a serious contender to sign him. The Dutchman can play in the centre of the defence and will help the Blues to stay in the Champions League. But if they do sign him, they must sell some of their other players in order to raise the money. Newcastle, meanwhile, are looking at Timo Werner, who is also a good candidate.
Erik ten Hag
With the transfer window about to close, Manchester United are keen to land a midfielder to replace Christian Eriksen, who has left the club for Brentford. But Neville has revealed that the club’s failure to sign a player this window is worrying. While Liverpool and Manchester City have made signings this summer, United have only made three, with Yves Bissouma and Erling Haaland joining the club.
Newcastle have also made their interest known in the midfielder, with several reports linking them with the striker. Erik ten Hag has been a major target for Newcastle, while Arsenal and Bayern Munich are reportedly also interested in the 19-year-old. However, the club has blocked a deal with either side due to the player’s importance in the team. Despite this, ten Hag has also denied the club’s attempts to sell the player.
Inacio is an out-and-out centre-back, while Timber can play right-back, and both would be a good option to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The two players are just 20 years old, so United would have to compete with both Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane to secure their first-team place. The race to sign Erik ten Hag will be difficult, but it’s still an attractive one for the Red Devils.
Wissam Ben Yedder
The race to sign the 55 million-rated Newcastle striker has now reached the top flight as Manchester United have joined the fray. The forward joined Monaco from Sevilla in 2019 and has so far scored 55 goals in 124 games. Before that, he played for Toulouse and UJA Alfortville. In 2010 he moved to La Liga with Sevilla, scoring 38 goals in 91 appearances. He returned to France in 2015 and has since made 164 appearances for the club and has contributed 50 assists.
Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United are also vying to sign Ben Yedder after a failed attempt to land him last month. However, the Spurs ace isn’t the only player who has impressed. Newcastle have made several attempts to sign Ben Yedder but have failed to do so. Meanwhile, Tottenham and Chelsea have been linked with Ajax midfielder Kasper Dolberg.
Inter are confident of signing Lazaro on a permanent deal. The club will pay Newcastle PS22 million ($27m) for the defender. Lazaro impressed Steve Bruce at St. James’ Park and has already scored one goal in five appearances. While he is still only 19 years old, he will provide a vital freshness to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have joined the race to sign Italy midfielder Andrea Belotti. Torino are reportedly willing to sell their Serie A star for PS43m, or about £51m, and Manchester United are said to be testing their cash against the Italian side. Torino are likely to be reluctant to sell, and it is not clear whether they will accept less than the release clause if they want to sign Belotti.
Manchester United have held talks with Torino to confirm their interest in signing Andrea Belotti, a free agent who has scored 25 Serie A goals this season. However, Newcastle are keen to avoid the financial fair play regulations that prevent them from spending more than PS60m on a player. Torino are keen to keep Belotti and have agreed to extend his contract until the end of the current campaign.
The Italian has scored 100 goals in 232 games for Torino, but he’s now keen to play in the Premier League. With Callum Wilson and Chris Wood struggling with injuries, bringing in Belotti would be a massive statement for Newcastle. He would join the likes of Sven Botman and Bruno Guimaraes. With the club’s recent failure to sign top target Dwight Gayle, Belotti is an excellent choice to improve the team’s attacking options.