Newcastle United will be one of the busiest teams in the Premier League in terms of searching for new talent, but how many of their own players will attract transfer offers this summer?
Confusion is the best word to describe the current situation at Newcastle United. The club has been all over the news for three different reasons. Firstly, negotiations for the takeover of the club are reportedly at an advanced stage. Secondly, Mike Ashley announced that non-playing staff will not be paid during this pandemic, and finally, the Magpies’ scouting department was told to stop working.
The club claims that their transfer targets for the summer transfer window have already been identified. Well, if Prince Mohammed bin Salman steps into the picture, Newcastle United will be identifying a different class of players.
Regardless of what happens on the takeover front, though, the club’s current executives should be turning their attention on ensuring their key players stay put. While Newcastle United will be searching for new talent to improve the squad, other clubs across Europe will be looking at some of their best players for the same reasons. We already know that eight clubs want Matty Longstaff, but who else is likely to attract attention this summer?
Fabian Schar was only purchased for £3m as a result of a clause in his contract after Deportivo La Coruna were relegated from La Liga. At that price, the Swiss international is one of the best bargain signings in the Premier League. His performances for Newcastle United over the last two seasons, when healthy, have been phenomenal.
His consistency in defense and his ability to score multiple goals as a central defender makes him a hot target for many clubs. At the end of last season it was reported that Arsenal and Tottenham were interested in securing his services, and it would not come as a surprise to see top clubs make impressive bids to land his signature at the end of this campaign.
Allan Saint-Maximin is one of the most dynamic players Newcastle United have ever signed. His confidence on the ball has been seen by every Premier League fan this season, especially against some of the league’s top teams. His offensive output in terms of goals and assists has been minimal this season, but top clubs know his numbers would improve if he played on a team that regularly played attacking football.
Not long ago it was reported that Wolves see Saint-Maximin as their primary target to replace Adama Traore if he leaves this summer. Moreover, fans of elite clubs have utilized Twitter over the last few months begging their executives to pursue the French winger. Saint-Maximin has made a name for himself and other clubs will most likely test the waters with some offers.
Like most fans, I believe that Miguel Almiron still has a lot to prove at Newcastle United. He has demonstrated that he has what it takes to play in the Premier League, but his lack of goals has raised eyebrows. In the MLS, Almiron was a highly praised playmaker and scoring machine, and most Atlanta United supporters are convinced that Newcastle United have failed to utilize Almiron in his true position.
The Paraguayan international is at his best when playing as a number ten, but both Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce have played him out wide, which has placed a ceiling on his overall impact. There are other clubs that believe they could bring the Atlanta version out of him, so fans should expect to hear his name pop up in the rumor mill this summer despite his inability to score many goals in the top flight.