Last week during their Q&A session, the Chronicle had estimated that it would take just £6m to sign Jetro Willems permanently. That seemed like a bargain but made sense due to the player’s injury history and recent trouble getting on the pitch in the Bundesliga.
This was the response by the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas when asked if he thought Jetro Willems deserved to be signed on a permanent deal:
Absolutely. I’ve been really impressed by his attitude, his attacking instincts and his work-rate. There’s a permanent deal already agreed if he continues to impress and it’s less than £6million so it looks like good value to me.
Jetro was brought to Newcastle on loan with an option to buy and, even in limited appearances, has shown that he can handle English football with no problem. His pace and power are ideally suited to the Premier League.
Though the initial suggestion that his fee could be less than £6m may be a little off the mark.
Jetro Willems– after stunning goal at Anfield
The Chronicle have a report out today which cites German outlets who put Jetro’s fee a little bit higher. These new reports put the amount at between €10-11m which would be around £9m.
This is still an excellent fee for the Dutch international. It’s not quite the jaw-dropping bargain of £6m but still great value for a player who looks tailor-made for the Premier League.
We’re not sure which quoted fee is the more accurate one. We had initially thought the fee was closer to the £6m estimate. The reason for this is that Jetro did not exactly have a standout season for Frankfurt last year. He made just 7 starts in the league and ended up being used as a second-half substitute in the midfield.
Willems was desperate to leave this summer when Newcastle offered him a lifeline. The latest report in the Chronicle states that Frankfurt paid around £7m to PSV for Willems when they signed him in 2017. So it makes sense that Newcastle would negotiate a similar deal for the player who had struggled for his place last season.
We would expect the fee for Jetro Willems to be in the £6-9m range, and really even at the higher end of that spectrum, it looks like good business.
Newcastle shouldn’t rush into making it permanent as you never know what will transpire over the coming months.
However, if Jetro continues on this path and can stay fit, making his deal a permanent one will be a no-brainer.