Steve Bruce is reportedly trying to add two midfielders to his squad ahead of the new season. Joe Willock remains the priority though Arsenal aren’t in any rush to make a decision at this stage of the summer.
Recent reports have Newcastle in discussions with Chelsea over a loan move for Conor Gallagher. Newcastle face stiff competition with him high on Crystal Palace’s wishlist as well.
Sport Witness has an article stating that Newcastle are monitoring the situation of FC Midtjylland’s Jens Cajuste (pictured above). The 21-year-old is a top target of Ligue 1’s Rennes, who are struggling to meet Midtjylland’s demands
This comes from RMC Sports journalist Loïc Tanzi. He claimed the following on his Twitter account which has been translated into English:
“The Jens Cajuste case is at a standstill for the moment with Stade Rennais.
The French club, which has a priority of recruiting a number 6, must sell before being able to increase its offer.
Meanwhile, Newcastle and Brentford also want to move forward”
Cajuste is a Swedish international who has 5 caps under his belt. He made one substitute appearance in the 2020 European Championships coming on late in the hard-fought 0-0 draw against Spain that opened Sweden’s tournament.
The midfielder was eligible for the US national team through his father. He lived in China when he was very young where he started out in a couple of Beijing-based academies.
Cajuste joined Örgryte IS in 2010 which is based in his hometown of Gothenburg. He moved to his current club FC Midtjylland in Denmark in 2018 for a small fee. He’s made 69 appearances with 2 goals and 2 assists over the past few seasons.
Rennes have been trying to reach a breakthrough for the midfielder over the past few weeks but things have now come to an impasse. The French club’s latest offer has been rejected with Midtjylland holding out for around £8.5m.
Rennes see Cajuste as a potential replacement for budding superstar Eduardo Camavinga. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid have all been heavily linked with the 18-year-old Camavinga. Rennes are now looking for other options.
This doesn’t seem like the summer Newcastle can make a serious run at a player like Cajuste. Bruce has just £10m to work and whatever he gets from Florian Lejeune’s sale to Alaves. The youngster certainly fits Mike Ashley’s profile as one who could be sold on for a healthy profit in the future.