Newcastle are preparing to bid a high £12M for Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie, who Manchester United were rumored to be interested in half way through last season as the Red Devils looked to increase their attacking options.
Now it seems that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has zoned in on the impressive 26 year-old Scottish International and the Mirror is reporting Newcastle are in talks with Bournemouth on his transfer – and it could happen as early as this week.
Sky Sports is reporting a deal is close.
Matt Ritchie – reported keen to work with Rafa Benitez
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 29, 2016
We understand Newcastle are also hopeful of having Matt Ritchie signed up next. It’s close. Bournemouth looking for £10-12m for the winger.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 29, 2016
The Mirror is reporting that Rafa Benitez wants to compete this deal before he allows Andros Townsend to sign for Crystal Palace for the release clause of about £13M in his contract.
The potential loss of Townsend is not being taken well by the Geordie faithful, who are disappointed with the apparent loss of the talented winger – including us.
The Mirror is reporting that Ritchie is keen to work with Rafa Benitez and join Newcastle United, even though that means dropping down to the Championship.
Top Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels was signed today from Gent for around £5M (€6M) and Dwight Gayle is in Newcastle right now taking his medical in a potential £10M move from Palace.
It looks like the next one through the door after those two could well be Matt Ritchie.
Rafa had talked almost a week ago of having three to four deals very close to being completed.