The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards reported yesterday that Newcastle would part with the £22m required to get Joe Willock to Newcastle permanently. If true, it would now be up to Willock to determine his future.
That would be a brilliant capture for Newcastle and brighten what has been a dreary window thus far. Newcastle remain the only club yet to add a first-team signing. It’s been the pursuit of Willock that has delayed some of our other business.
Though Steve Bruce has stated numerous times that there are one or two signings bubbling away along with Willock. He’s also indicated Newcastle are at the mercy of the league’s wealthier clubs as he waits on the availability of some of their younger stars.
One of those is Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe. The 23-year-old defender was brought to Aston Villa by Bruce in 2018. Bruce was sacked that October and replaced by current Villa boss Dean Smith.
It appears to be a race between Villa and Newcastle for Tuanzebe. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed the defender would be going out once Raphael Varane was brought in from Real Madrid.
The Telegraph is reporting that Aston Villa are exploring a permanent deal for Tuanzebe which could pose a problem for Newcastle if Solskjaer is willing to sell the defender. Villa have thrown an immense amount of cash around since their promotion back to the Premier League a few years ago.
The high spending has continued this summer with the signings of Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey. Bailey, a dynamic attacker, completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen this morning. According to the Telegraph, Villa are looking to add Tuanzebe as well as former loanee Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
Aston Villa could have more than enough funds for both players as Sky Sports is reporting they are set to accept Manchester City’s £100m bid for Jack Grealish. Even if Manchester United rebuff a permanent transfer for Tuanzebe, their £5m loan fee could prove to be a stumbling block for Newcastle.
In other news, it looks like newly promoted Brentford are about to land another one of Newcastle’s targets. The Bees recently broke their transfer record on Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, who was reportedly Bruce’s preferred center-back option.
Now multiple reports are claiming Brentford are close to reaching an agreement for Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste. The Swedish international has been linked to Newcastle over the past few weeks. However, his £11-13m price tag is well outside of this window’s budget.
Brentford owner Matthew Benham is the majority shareholder of Midtjylland. They’ve already landed midfielder Frank Onyeka from the Danish club this summer and have now turned their attentions to Cajuste.
Newcastle are running out of options this summer and it all hinges on Joe Willock’s return. The 21-year-old is considering his options but may not be willing to ditch Arsenal permanently this summer.
It’s an excruciating wait as the season opener against West Ham is just a week and a half away. Newcastle are currently a diminished entity from the one that finished last season.