If Sky Sports are correct, then Andros Townsend is not that expensive and two years after we sold him to Crystal Palace for £13M Palace want £17M for him.
That would be an excellent deal for Newcastle – just a premium of £4M after two years.
And we know the England winger will be able to slot right into the way Rafa wants him to play.
Matt Ritchie – Stoke bid £11,5M for him – turned down
Here’s the tweet today from Sky Sports north-east correspondent Keith Downie on Ritchie and Townsend:
Newcastle & Stoke remain apart on their valuation of Matt Ritchie. Stoke offering £11.5m, NUFC want £15m+.
We’re told Crystal Palace want £17m for Andros Townsend, who would replace Ritchie on Tyneside.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 6, 2018
If that’s true, Newcastle haven’t turned down a bid for Ritchie from Stoke for £15M as recently reported.
But rather, it’s almost the same fee we paid for the Cherries winger two years ago.
It seems that if the Potters raised their bid to a little over £15M then Rafa could let him go.
But before Matt leaves (if he does) Rafa will also want Kenedy into Newcastle.
However, the reports are that Chelsea want £30M for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who did so well for us on loan this year.
But we seriously doubt the fee is that high – and maybe £20M is more realistic?
It would be a coup for Rafa is he can get both Kenedy and Townsend into Newcastle this summer.
If he does then it could mean the likable Matt Ritchie is on his way after an excellent two years at Newcastle.