As per the outlet, the attacking midfield player is under contract until 2023, but could leave France in the upcoming summer transfer window if there is a ‘significant offer’.
The £32.4 million-valued ace enjoyed a relatively impressive 2019/20 season, scoring four goals and making seven assists in 36 games in all competitions, while also showing his versatility by playing in five different roles (via Transfermarkt).
Comparing the stats of Ikone in Ligue 1 to those of Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron so far in this campaign in the Premier League, the 22-year old has made the most assists, while also averaging more passes and through balls per game in his respective domestic league (per Whoscored).
Would Ikone start for Newcastle after the takeover?
Ikone’s superior ability to be able to find his teammates in the final third could be a vital asset to have for the Tyneside club for the next term if they are to find their attackers more and potentially score more goals.
The Magpies may also be able to afford the potentially high price tag for the French international if the proposed takeover of the Toon is approved by the top flight, meaning that Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group will likely have a lot of cash at their disposal.
Nevertheless, Ikone may be a good addition to make for Steve Bruce’s side for the next season based off of his stats from this campaign.
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