Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe could target a reunion with Arnaut Danjuma this summer.
Bournemouth paid £14.8million – one of the largest transfer fees in their history – to sign Danjuma from Club Brugge ahead of the 2019/20 season, when Howe was still manager.
But it was an injury-disrupted campaign for the Dutchman, limited to just six starts as Bournemouth suffered relegation to the Championship.
Chronicle Live journalist Aaron Stokes tweeted on Thursday that Danjuma ‘has a lot of admiration for Eddie Howe and his staff’ after they worked together at The Vitality Stadium.
In the attached story, he reveals that ‘sources close to the player’ say they parted on ‘good terms’.
‘No offers [have been] submitted to Villarreal yet’, but this relationship could be a key advantage for Newcastle if they make a move.
As such, it’s ‘one to keep an eye on’ for the Magpies faithful this summer.
Danjuma, 25, is definitely an exciting option.
Kevin Phillips has billed him ‘a nightmare for defenders‘ because of his ‘pace and directness’, Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann called him ‘very dangerous‘ and his agent says ‘he’s one of the best talents of his generation’ and ‘belongs in the category of [Kylian] Mbappe’.
While Howe may be able to successfully court the player, the fee could potentially be a problem.
It’s been suggested that his Villarreal contract contains a whopping £64million release clause.
And with Newcastle’s budget for the summer apparently less than the £90million they spent in January, they may decide that it’s imprudent to commit such a large portion to one deal.
The move may only be viable if Unai Emery’s side are willing to negotiate a lower fee.
In other news, Newcastle are preparing an offer for this forward.
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