Newcastle fans have had little to celebrate as of late. Despite Rafa Benitez guiding them to a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League, he’s now departed and with just 34 days until they take on Arsenal in their season opener, the Magpies are managerless with no new signings.
Outgoings have not been a problem at St. James’ Park, though. Ayoze Perez has left in a £30m move to Leicester (BBC) and now it looks like Sean Longstaff could be set to follow him out of the door.
The 21-year-old is one to have impressed (Pep Guardiola praised him following Manchester City’s loss on Tyneside in January) as the Magpies avoided relegation last season and Sky Sports claim the Toon value their player at £50m.
The previous record transfer fee that the club have received was the £35m for Andy Carroll from Liverpool back in 2011 (BBC), another academy graduate who impressed during the early stages of his career in black and white.
Game time wasn’t always there for Longstaff up until Boxing Day when he made his debut, but when he established himself in Benitez’s starting eleven in the Premier League he took his opportunity with both hands, drawing comparisons with Michael Carrick from Louise Taylor of the Guardian.
Surely one only issue the fans would have with this is Ashley’s lack of transparency with where the money goes. Issues have popped up previously with how much cash the Geordies have to spend, and Match of the Day pundits Ian Wright (via The Chronicle) and Alan Shearer (via The Mag) have hit out at the sportswear tycoon for these exact problems.
In the last few months, there have been heightened hopes that the club may actually have some money to spend in the market though. The Daily Star recently reported that Ashley and Lee Charnley are set to uphold the promise that whoever the manager at the club is this summer will have £60m plus player sales.
The Star report states that currently is set to stand at over £100m after the sale of Perez and with Isaac Hayden set to bring in £15m, as per The Northern Echo, and Longstaff’s sale could push that right up over £150m, which would go a significant way towards a few new signings, should Ashley hold up his end of the bargain.
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