Newcastle United are reportedly looking at a triple swoop for Patrik Schick, Todd Cantwell and Chris Basham, according to the Daily Mail.
As per the outlet, the Czech Republic striker is their top transfer target for the summer window, as they also look to raid Norwich City and Sheffield United.
Schick, who is an AS Roma player but spent the 2019/20 season on loan at RB Leipzig in Germany, scored a relatively impressive 10 goals and made a further three assists in 26 games in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
Cantwell managed seven goals and two assists in 40 matches in all competitions for the Canaries in the 2019/20 season despite them being relegated from the Premier League.
Basham played in every single game for the Blades in their top-flight campaign and helped them to finish ninth in the table, as he averaged 2.2 tackles, two interceptions and 4.4 clearances a match (per Whoscored).
With Schick valued at £22.5m, Cantwell at £18m and Basham at £2.16m, their combined values total to more than £40m, but of course the market can fluctuate. All three arguably have qualities that would improve the team but it may stretch their reported budget of £35m.
If Newcastle could only sign one, who should it be?
However, this figure could well be increased if the proposed takeover at St. James’ Park is approved by the Premier League, meaning that more money is likely to become available for potential spending.
Nevertheless, the Magpies have had to plan for it not happening with the summer window officially opening and have apparently identified Schick, Cantwell and Basham as possible additions, all of which seem astute given their 2019/20 figures.
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