Newcastle are willing to meet Liverpool’s €30m (£25m) asking price for Joe Gomez, according to El Nacional.
The 24-year-old has made 13 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season, but only five of those have been starts. His recent start against Norwich City was his first in the Premier League since he picked up a season-ending knee injury in November 2020.
Newcastle did land a centre-back in January, paying £13m to pick up Dan Burn from Brighton, but it seems that Eddie Howe wants further reinforcements in that position.
The report from El Nacional stared that Newcastle had been showing interest in Real Madrid’s Nacho, and that Florentino Perez had indicated that the 32-year-old could leave for €15m (£12.5m). The player was also ready to listen to any offers that arrived from the Premier League.
However, Newcastle have now decided against pursuing the Spaniard for a number of reasons – his age, his ‘constant’ injuries, and the emergence of a preferred alternative in Gomez.
Eddie Howe is a strong admirer of his fellow Englishman, who’s a full eight years younger than Nacho. Liverpool have set a £25m price tag and PIF are understood to be happy to meet it, while Gomez apparently wants out of Anfield, having fallen down the pecking order under Klopp.
Newcastle tried to sign Sven Botman and Diego Carlos in January but Lille and Sevilla proved to be difficult negotiating partners respectively. According to The Athletic, ‘both clubs suggested terms, only to then raise their demands’.
On the other hand, Liverpool have already set their stall out when it comes to Gomez, and it seems that Newcastle regard the Reds’ demands as fair.
It could therefore be a simpler deal to complete, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Aston Villa are also in the frame, with Steven Gerrard making Gomez his ‘no. 1’ priority. In that case, there is no guarantee that the Magpies would attract the 24-year-old to Tyneside even if Liverpool would be content to let him leave.
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