Newcastle have surprisingly lost out on Ruben Semedo, who wants to play in the Spanish League with Villareal and the deal was struck at a reasonable €14M.
But there’s much better news today in ESPN that Newcastle are now very close to the loan signing of 19 year-old Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
The ESPN sources are said to be close to the deal on the Newcastle side, so let’s hope this report is accurate.
19 year-old Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham
As we have seen with the Semedo deal, we were supposed to be signing the lad in the last day or two, but for whatever the reason was – it just didn’t happen.
That didn’t happen, but we have to move one – you win some you lose some.
Abraham seems like a great striker in the making and he would benefit having a season on loan with Rafa Benitez, but it’s also not surprising that Antonio Conte wants some guarantees the player will get enough first team playing time if he does come to Newcastle.
Abraham scored 26 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Bristol City in the Championship last season and the lad looks like a natural goalscorer.
Brighton are the other club close to signing him, but there was a Times article yesterday that reported we had won the race to sign him, but then there were other reports that came out that Tammy was still undecided – so you never can tell until the lad is signed.
Chelsea are also ready to give Tammy a new deal at Chelsea, although we had thought that had already happened and he was now on £25K/week and those would be the wages that Newcastle will pay Chelsea for him next season, plus a loan fee.
Update: But that’s not true with reports from London he will get a wage rise up to £45K/week and we suppose that’s what we have to pay for the 19 year-old next season.
Over £2M a year – not a bad deal for a 19 year-old!!
But let’s hope we get Tammy through the door and soon.
It’s also looking like Rafa Benitez is willing to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer, if Newcastle get a deal where we can recover the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him two years ago.
If that happens it will be a little bit of a surprise.
What do you think?