Newcastle eye 4 Arsenal transfer moves to January window
The January transfer window is either fascinating or squeaky depending on how you view the surge of rumors hitting the headlines. If the newspapers are to be believed, Arsenal has already been busy.
The midfielder and center-forward are the most discussed areas of the squad with Mikel Arteta facing a messy attacking situation and a shortage of bodies in the middle of the pitch.
Desperate work is underway to move Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forward, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both free to discuss pre-contractual agreements elsewhere with the couple having less than six months to make their deals, and a temporary home for Folarin Balogun is due. to be found.
Then there is the imminent departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles for Rome, a decision expected to be finalized ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the Carabao Cup. Surely another midfielder should be called in in this case.
Newcastle’s eye move for four Arsenal players in January window as Eddie Howe looks for reinforcements to avoid relegation to Premier League
But as exciting or tedious as the window can be for Arsenal, what about Newcastle United? The Saudi-backed Magpies takeover was completed in October to end Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign (of terror) at the helm. The new majority shareholder, Public Investment Fund, has a declared collective wealth of Â£ 320 billion. Not millions. Billion.
What they do in this window is what attracts most of the supporters. No matter what fees they have to pay or what salaries their goals demand, they can afford it. With an announced budget of around Â£ 200million which they are allowed to spend, their hardest job will be convincing the players that a relegation battle under Eddie Howe will be worth it.
Ties with players from all over Europe emerged, just as they did at Arsenal.
According to The Telegraph, on the Tyneside club’s long list of goals there are four Arsenal players vying for a January move to St James’ Park.
Could one of the four say goodbye to North London? After all, Howe’s preference is decidedly with those with a high-flying English background.
1. Rob Holding
Contract expiry: 2024 (with 1 additional year option)
Possible price: Â£ 20million
Newcastle are no strangers to Arsenal, having paid Â£ 25million to sign Joe Willock over the summer in one of the best deals the Gunners have managed to wrestle with in many years.
They are no strangers to Rob Holding either, having come close to signing the defender on loan for the 2020/21 season. Arteta’s late intervention put an end to the deal, in part because of concerns about William Saliba’s development.
Well, Newcastle have kept their eyes on the Englishman as he is on a roster along with Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, Tottenham’s Joe Rodon, Everton’s Mason Holgate and Liverpool’s Nat Phillips. Sven Botman of Lille has been the main contender, but the French side continue to push back approaches and insist he is not for sale.
Howe can’t transform Newcastle’s style overnight with the quality of the players he has, and when it comes to center-backs in the penalty area and low blocks, Holding is a reliable choice in this division. He’s got a lot of experience, is at a good age, and being a northerner might not be against the idea.
From Arsenal’s perspective, however, he is the second choice for both center-back locations and letting him go would be a huge risk unless there are viable options in the market to replace him.
Does Â£ 20million sound right to you? Probably, if we estimate.
Verdict: Far from being impossible, what would hold back this deal is that Arsenal have to tap into the market for a replacement, at a time when the games are piling up.
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