A source from Newcastle United has dropped some worrying transfer insight on Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Lowdown: Newcastle may need to raise funds
The North East club are reportedly only going to have just £8-10m to work with once the summer transfer window opens, and so will likely have to raise funds by selling players in order to bring more in to St. James’ Park.
Would Saint-Maximin leave if the Newcastle takeover is not completed?
Given that he would likely demand a large fee, one of those players could well be Saint-Maximin, so long as an adequate replacement is lined up.
The Latest: Newcastle may sell Saint-Maximin
As per Football Insider, Steve Bruce is likely to blow the entire budget on one star signing, with a source from the Tyneside club claiming to the news outlet that the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss may be forced to raise his own funds by selling top stars.
The most likely of those would be Saint-Maximin, who is under contract until 2026 and so is one of their biggest assets.
With the potential permanent signing of Joe Willock from Arsenal also on the agenda, the Magpies know that selling Saint-Maximin would immediately raise the funds to be able to capture him.
The Verdict: Newcastle must keep Saint-Maximin
Saint-Maximin is simply too valuable to the Toon squad at this moment in time, and so they should be looking to keep him at all costs, even if that means not getting Willock.
NUFC can still raise funds by selling other players in the squad, but the French winger should certainly be the last name on that list.
Newcastle lost eight of the 17 games that he was absent from the team from over all competitions in the 2020/21 term, winning just four of those (Transfermarkt), highlighting just how much of a key player he is.
Nonetheless, the Magpies should not be looking to sell him when the market opens, and instead try and build a side around him in order to kick on next season.
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