On transfer deadline day, Craig Hope tweeted the following bit of information about Newcastle’s interest in CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.
Bit of info picked up this morning. I'm told NUFC looked at CSKA striker Fedor Chalov but were put off by asking price. Palace are in for him but £23m offer might not be enough. Sources say 21-year-old is best young player in Russia and would be a hit in PL.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 8, 2019
Crystal Palace tried to get the 21-year-old in on deadline day but failed with their final bid of £23m.
Christian Emile, Chalov’s agent, had this to say about his client in August after the failed Crystal Palace bid:
“Fedor is one of the most striking players in Europe, and the increased interest in him is completely justified.
“Especially from the side of one Premier League club, which made a significant offer, but CSKA refused to sell the player.
“The position of CSKA is completely understandable – they have serious goals, and Fedor is the most important player for them.
“We will follow the development of events and are sure that in any case has a great future.”
Sky Sports have a report out that Chelsea are now interested in bringing the Russian in this winter if their transfer ban gets lifted.
However, the exciting part of the report is that CSKA Moscow may have lightened up on their high valuation of Chalov.
According to Sky Sports, CSKA Moscow are preparing for Chalov’s exit this winter. Crystal Palace’s bid of £23m was rejected this summer, but maybe a similar fee could prise the highly-rated youngster away in January.
Newcastle could possibly raise some funds by selling both Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto to help fund a move for the talented forward.