Newcastle United is interested in Nabil Fekir, but feels that Real Betis’ €45 million asking price is excessive given his age.
The Magpies would undoubtedly want to buy a playmaker to give Eddie Howe’s team more imagination.
Howe is already doing miracles, but it would be fantastic to add a number 10 to give Newcastle’s offence another angle.
Recently, James Maddison has been a top target, but Leicester City will demand a high price, which might force Newcastle to go elsewhere.
Since Newcastle’s takeover last year, it seems as though the French playmaker has been connected to the team.
Tuttomercatoweb is already linking the Real Betis star once more.
They assert that Newcastle are interested in Fekir and that he is reportedly open to a transfer.
According to reports, Betis wants a whopping €45 million (£39 million), which Newcastle reportedly finds to be wholly unreasonable.
Newcastle, though, thinks the asking price is around €10 million too high and would be content to pay €35 million (£31 million).
Newcastle seems unwilling to provide the amount of money Real Betis are asking for, and Fekir turns 30 in July.
Newcastle’s chosen pricing isn’t too far out, although as you could expect, the upfront cost would be significantly cheaper.
Following a campaign in which he registered 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, Fekir has registered three goals and two assists in 11 games for Betis this year.
Fekir, a talented and technically adept number 10, has been called a “genius” by Betis, and Newcastle may believe he can work a little magic.
Though it would be unexpected to pay more than £30 million when Fekir turns 30 at the end of the season, we don’t see how Fekir could surpass players like Maddison or even Celtic’s Matt O’Riley in importance.