The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are becoming concerned by rumours linking Jamaal Lascelles with a transfer away from the club this summer.
According to The London Evening Standard, Chelsea have prioritised the signing of Jamaal Lascelles over that of the 18-year-old wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt this summer in a bid to bolster their defensive options. Chelsea’s interest in Lascelles is hardly surprising after the 24-year-old’s exceptional season at the heart of Newcastle’s defence which has been characterised by determination and immense leadership.
Now that Gary Cahil is 32-years-old and David Luiz looks destined to depart Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will need to strengthen their options at centre-back this summer, and Lascelles appears to be a perfect candidate to replace one of the aforementioned pairing. However, it will take an astronomical offer for the Blues to tempt Newcastle into a potential deal considering his vital importance to the club, but offering a player in part-exchange could prove fruitful during negotiations between the clubs.
One player who Newcastle should demand in return for Lascelles is Ross Barkley (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt), as he has struggled to adapt to life in West London since he completed a transfer from Everton in January. At this stage in his career Barkley needs first-team football in order to dig himself out of the rut he currently finds himself in, and Newcastle should be able to offer him that.
Rafa Benitez will be absolutely desperate to keep hold of Lascelles this summer, but if Newcastle’s captain decides he wants to depart the club then he may be forced to take a pragmatic approach to negotiations. Getting a player of Barkely’s calibre in return for Lascelles would be a mutually beneficial deal for all parties concerned, so Newcastle must demand a significant sum of money plus Barkley if Chelsea come calling this summer.
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