Revealed! Newcastle United's summer transfer window approach amid takeover uncertainty
Newcastle United are taking an evolutionary approach to the summer transfer window, with any talk of revolution kicked to the long grass – unless a takeover changes the landscape drastically at St James’ Park.
The Gazette understands the club’s remit this summer is for ‘evolution not revolution’ as they continue to operate under a ‘business as usual’ proviso despite confidence remaining high a Mike Ashley-less future remains very much on the horizon.
It is thought most, if not all, of the players in the first-team pool who see their deals end this summer will be kept on. This, of course, does not include the likes of Christian Atsu and Henri Saivet, who are free to leave at the end of June.
As revealed by the Daily Mail, Jacob Murphy seems set to remain on Tyneside long-term having agreed terms on a new deal while Fabian Schar – one year extension clause triggered – and Dwight Gayle – expected new deal – are also increasingly likely to stay.
Andy Carroll is another who, despite a lack of gametime, may well remain part of the squad, while Federico Fernandez talks remain ongoing. There is a push for both to stay from within the management setup.
The futures of Sean Longstaff and younger brother Matty Longstaff are also set to be addressed this summer by the club’s hierarchy.
While the size of the club’s transfer budget has been widely speculated on – with reports stating anything between zero and £50million – it is thought it is much more fluid than that, and not set on a particular number.
The club is unlikely to be awash with the kind of funds last summer brought – United spent around £35million in upfront fees in 2020. However, it is understood, if there is a deal to be done, in a similar nature to that of Callum Wilson last summer, then a case can be made and funds potentially released. Much will depend on whether Steve Bruce can convince owner Ashley of the merits of any particular deal.
Bruce is exploring the loan market and has been casting his eye over a number of free transfers, although there’s an acceptance from within that these deals do not always represent the best value, due in no small part to last summer’s business.