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.