As we enter the final month of the season, transfer rumours are ever present and as Newcastle United are dreaming of the Champions League next season, players coming into the club and the squad growing in depth is necessary. So, we’ve put together a list of the latest rumours of who could potentially be on their way to St James’ this summer.
A man set to be in demand this summer, Khephren Thuram is entering his final two years of his contract at Nice in France and is reportedly set to leave the club in the summer with the fee being in the region of £60 million.
That is according to Football Insider, who claim Newcastle have ‘set their sights’ on signing the 22-year-old in the upcoming window. Liverpool and Real Madrid are also credited with an interest in Thuram, who made his debut for France as a substitute against the Netherlands in March.
Eddie Howe is said to be keen on getting a deep-lying midfielder through the door this summer and Thuram would certainly fit the bill, with reports about this transfer circling for a little while now.
The French midfielder has played 46 games this season for Nice scoring 2 goals and getting 8 assists in all competitions.
Gabri Veiga continues to be linked with a potential switch to Newcastle, although Real Madrid appear to be the frontrunners according to recent reports. The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder has 9 goals and 4 assists this season for Celta Vigo in La Liga this season, with his current club said to understand that he will be departing this summer.
This form has inevitably led to links with a host of clubs, but it is Newcastle who are seemingly keen to beat their rivals to the deal. Spanish title AS via SportWitness claim the Magpies are ‘willing to pay’ Veiga’s release clause which stands in the region of £35m.
The report outlines how Newcastle scouts were ‘the first’ to travel out to watch the attacking midfielder in action.
An attacking midfielder that would give competition to Newcastle’s midfield and with Champions League within touching distance for next season, Eddie Howe needs to add more quality for the squad to enhance their options off the bench.
25-year-old Mali international Amadou Haidara is a holding midfielder for RB Leipzig racking up 27 appearances in the Bundesliga this season. He’s not been a regular starter, though Newcastle require a new defensive midfielder to free up Bruno Guimaraes to fill a box-to-box role instead.
According to Sky Germany, Newcastle have been scouting at RB Leipzig and have identified Haidara as a potential signing this summer. With a market value of £15 million, it would be an affordable and cost-efficient way of getting a solid player in the door for Eddie Howe to further boost the depth in his squad.
With Newcastle’s scouts being at RB Leipzig over this season, Haidara isn’t the only player identified as a target this summer.
Versatile attacking player Dominik Szoboszlai is attracting interest from Newcastle United with scouts observing him multiple times this season. A player that is comfortable on either wing, in the middle in a 10 role or even in a box-to-box role as an 8, Eddie Howe would be adding great quality by incorporating him into the squad next season.
Having played 41 games this season in all competitions, he has returned an impressive 20 goal contributions with 7 goals and 13 assists. With a midfielder being one of the identified priorities this summer, Szoboszlai would not only add quality, but being able to be deployed in many different areas of the pitch, adds much needed versatility which is always a bonus for any squad.
If Newcastle do firm up their interest, the presence of a €70m (approx. £61.25m) release clause will leave Leipzig powerless to resist.
James Maddison is set to be playing his football away from the King Power next stadium but where that will be is still unclear at this moment. Newcastle and Tottenham are the two clubs that seem to be battling it out for the midfielder’s signature.
Maddison’s contract expires at the King Power at the end of next season, and Newcastle’s push for Champions League football could tip the odds in their favour.
Eddie Howe’s side were once again linked with Maddison in the January window, but the Foxes were keen on keeping their star man as they look to stave off relegation. But now it seems Maddison could be swayed with a move to Tyneside as he would go straight into the starting 11 for Newcastle.
Maddison has 17 goal involvements this season with 9 goals and 8 assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.
According to a report from TuttoMercatoWeb, Newcastle United are keen on improving their defensive unit this summer and they have identified the 23-year-old Torino defender as a potential target.
Dutch defender Perr Schuurs is highly rated around Europe as he has a big future ahead of him. Schuurs could partner his compatriot Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence and help them improve in the coming seasons.
The Dutchman has impressed since joining the Italian club from Ajax at the start of the season and it remains to be seen whether Torino are prepared to let him leave at the end of the season, but Newcastle remain interested in the player.
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