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Top Clubs Lining Up To Bid For Newcastle Star – He Could Cost £45M

The London Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham have joined the club who are interested in signing Newcastle center-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Chelsea, West Ham, and Everton are already three Premier League clubs said to be interested in Lascelles with Everton’s new manager Marco Silva said to be willing to bid £30M for the 24-year-old.

The news in the Evening Standard is that manager Mauricio Pochettino, fresh from signing a new lucrative five-year deal to stay at the north London club, is interested in Lascelles.

Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles – they are the heartbeat of Newcastle

Toby Alderweireld could be leaving Spurs this summer and he would need to be replaced by another top center-back.

And certainly, Lascelles has great potential and has improved significantly under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

When asked last month about possibly selling his captain this summer, here’s what the Newcastle manager said:

“Not really.” “If you want to continue growing, normally you have to try to keep your best players.”

“Jamaal has great potential, but if you cannot compete, or you cannot keep the level of your team, then maybe you have to sell one player to be sure that you can bring in other players.”

“When people say ‘wheel and deal’ – sometimes you have to do it, because if not, you don’t have the money.”

“If you don’t have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40M, you have two at £20million who can do well. Then you can be better.”

Here’s a piece from today’s Evening Standard report:

“The Merseyside club plan to make an opening bid of £30M, but it is believed it will take an offer in the region of £45M to acquire Lascelles.”

“Newcastle have consistently stated that they don’t want to sell their prize asset and Lascelles claims he is happy to stay at St James’ Park.”

“But with coach Rafael Benitez uncertain of how much money he will be given to spend in the transfer market, their stance may soften should someone meet their valuation because the funds could then be used to acquire more players.

That’s a good point in the final sentence.

If Rafa does get a bid of £45M for Jamaal he will likely take it, just as long as he has one or two players lined up to replace the Newcastle captain.

But it has to be long odds that Rafa would allow his captain to leave Newcastle – he epitomizes the Newcastle pride and spirit at the club.

Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle’s Player of the Season and he is a huge fan favorite at the club.

Comments welcome

29 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Ben Afri, I see your point, but (massive generalisation time, done for brevity, please don’t pick me up on this, I know it’s more complicated and I’m certainly not intending to be racist) football in South Africa is a game for the black population generally, with cricket being played and supported mainly by the white population. The far right in Germany is a tiny minority which the state keeps well away from their football matches, as the UK government does with ours. There will be all kinds of monkey noises, things thrown on the pitch and targeting of black players in this tournament.

    I’m with Jib and am anticipating a farce at best, a disaster at worst.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    If an offer of 45 million comes in we will sell to be honest wether we need the money or not so we can buy some players this is a joke I would not sell no way Ashley out

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    The tight cu1t needs to get his money out and give Rafa what he needs

  • posada

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    So, how much would you take for Lascelles.
    Every player has a price.

    Would Rafa have the money to then spend is the important thing.

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I won’t pick you up on that nor will do I think what you said is racist. We’re just having a conversation mate. No worries. What you say is true about football being an almost majority black sport in South Africa and cricket and rugby have always been for the privileged for as long as I can remember and beyond. To be completely honest with you, you seem to know more about the Russian culture than I do…but for the sake of football fans everywhere, I really do hope that you and Jib are wrong about it turning into a disaster.

    By the way, on a separate note…how do you know so much about South African sporting culture?

  • posada

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Has Jail said thanks to Mike Ashley yet.
    For preventing financial disaster at the club.
    I think he should you know.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I simply wouldn’t sell

  • swemag

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    60 million yes. Let Lascelles go and reinvest. Less than that no. Losing him is not only losing a player, we will be losing his leadership and his motivational influence on the pitch and in the dressing room. Not sure how we could fill that vacuum. Lejeune and a new center back or Clark, not the same but still ok.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    posada, I’ve said this before, if Rafa has a couple of players lined up he thinks he could use to replace Lascelles and free up cash to invest elsewhere, we’d have to trust his judgement. No player is bigger than the club and Rafa is a realist, not a romantic

    What would be unforgivable is if Lascelles was sold by Ashley behind Rafa’s back.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Say we do sell him for 45 m I reckon Rafa wouldn’t get it all to spend u no this is Ashley we r talking about

  • swemag

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Sell for 60 and get Škrtel in for a few years.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    “What a long way we have not come since 2004, when Fifa’s fine for Spanish fans’ racist chanting during a friendly against England was precisely half the financial penalty it imposed on Cameroon for wearing the wrong kit in the Africa Cup of Nations that same year.” (The Grauniad)

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    sell for 60M and get another Lejeune for 8.7M !

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Afri, South African sport has been interesting to me for years, since before the collapse of Apartheid. It was the expression of the state in many ways at that time, with rebel cricket tours and rugby tours getting a lot of coverage in the UK media. Then we’ve seen the blossoming of various sports since then, rugby, cricket, athletics and football, South African teams are always competitive in the same sports that the British teams compete in. More recently, it’s been the likes of Caster Semenya and Oscar Pistorius getting the headlines for the right and wrong reasons.

    Also, no-one could say the 2010 World Cup was anything but a fantastic advert for South African sport and hospitality generally.

    Finally, you can’t move in London bars for some Saffer getting in your ear about how great South Africa is at (insert any sport you like here)

  • lochinvar

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Guess what London hacks over expenses lunch of pie and mash washed down with a few bottles of pale ale get tiddly and start giggling that they have inside information on London clubs transfer targets. Bollocks.

    Why not report the real London news that Chelsea will be sold or like Villa be closed down. Spurs are pooing themselves because Kane wants to play for Real Madrid. Pelligrini meanwhile will leave West Ham as he can’t get his own way, Palace meanwhile will bid for Mitrovic to upset Fulham who will see Craven Cottage bulldozed for housing and relocate to Wembley before being replaced by a Baseball team while they follow Dunderland’s route to Division One.

  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    If Virgil van Dijk at 26 is £75M
    Kyle Walker at 28 is £50M

    Jamaal Lascelles at 24 must be more than £45M
    surely !

  • duncandisorderly

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    £45M in the current market is way too low. He’s our heart and soul. I will be massively disappointed to sell him whatever the price but I’d want silly money, like we got for Andy Carroll at the time, to make it worthwhile. Make it £100M

  • swemag

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anybody know if there was any sell on clause when we got him from Forest? He was young and very promising, you could imagine that there would have been.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    If Lascelles is sold without Rafa’s consent, it would be a disaster and off Rafa would go.

    However, the other side of the coin is that if we want Rafa to have control over transfers then he has to be given the scope to sell in order to buy the balance he needs and he can use that money effectively.

    The problem is…we pay up front cash for players but we usually sell players with staged payments. For example, Spuds are interested in Lascelles but we still have outstanding payments from them for the Sissoko robbery. So selling with staged payments will not give funds to Rafa.

  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Saturday 1600 Skysports
    SA vs England
    First of 3 tests
    Eddie Jones England’s Aussie coach says

    “The Springboks at Ellis Park – it is the spiritual home of rugby.
    Everyone who knows anything about rugby remembers that 1995
    World Cup final and the change that that had for rugby and the country
    – as well as the value that had for sport in general.
    I can’t wait “

  • lochinvar

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa and Laecslles are joined at the hip.
    If one goes the other goes too.
    So does and future for NUFC to be anything other than lower table also rans.

    Best thing that can happen is that the London rail network collapses and no fans can get to matches so the London clubs have to relocate with Government grants of course to areas of special need like Swansea, Sunderland, stoke and

  • lochinvar

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    and Merseyside for Everton

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Skrtel was a liability towards the end of his lfc career. He’s had loads of injuries and is not the player he was.

    45 million would buy you 2 good players and a Joselu. I would rather keep lascelles unless it’s astronomical money and rafa has a few leaders lined up. Even then I’d be gutted to lose him.

    Future England captain

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Posada 4

    Rafa wants trophies, the only way to achieve that is to maintain a quality settled squad, If we value Lascelles at £45Mill ,Shelvey value about the same, £20Mill for Mitro, that’s about £110Mill in 3 assets, that alone, the valuation of NUFC for £400 is not far from the mark, the problem is, if Ashley starts selling off the family silver, Rafa will surely do one, who could blame him? I am sure Ashley must be tempted into making a quick Buck but he must now realise it would soon turn into financial disaster.
    Just out of curiosity, How many fans would accept a bid of £300Mill from the Staverly group if Ashley could take the other £100Mill from the above three assets, AND Rafa signs a 5yr contract with the new owner.

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Hahahahaha, what a pleasure reading that mate! Especially the last sentence. I’m South African so it amazes me how much you know and also how spot on you are describing Saffers getting in your face about sports.

  • toonluvva

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Ok Lacelles will be leaving. Rafa won’t like it but Mr Ashley wil. Can you imagine turning down such a fantastic offer? Only a team with an ambitious owner would reject it, and that’s not NUC.

    Doubtless Chanley, acting under orders from above, will try to placate Rafa with some of the cash. £5m but no more.

    Mr Bishop will be briefing his Sky contacts about how Mr Ashley is such a wonderful owner and that Rafa is lucky to be here.

    The question is where will the balance of the sale go to? Not to strenghten the squad.

    Ho hum, another transfer window at NUFC.

  • GeordieinOhio

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #27

    HELL NO!!! 45 mil no way! at least double that! someone already said it, selling him not only does the team lose a captain on the field, but also the dressing room…….this if its true would be a massive disaster, not a penny would go in to the transfer funds, and I believe Rafa would leave if it was done behind his back!!! …………everyday just seems to get worse under “he who shall not be named” . Sell high, buy cheap or loans is all the club has done for so many years now and it sickens me to the bone.

  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Sell Lascelles? It shouldn’t have to happen but that’s Ashley.

    Sell him when? Think back to Andy Carrol’s sale. £35m banked in the dying hours of the window and did we buy a replacement?

    Don’t be surprised if we see a similar scene play out with Lascelles going out and…………….

    If it happens like Carrol’s departure, don’t blame Ashley. We’ll surely hear that we tried but just didn’t have time to get our targets over that line!

  • 9

    Jun 6, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #29

    It isn’t so much an issue of “Will Rafa sell Lascelles”,as a previous poster pointed out a couple of weeks ago, so much as “Will Lascelles decide to go somewhere bigger/ pocket a juicy pay rise”. No bonus points for working out the answer.


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