It appears that at least one more target has gone the way of Diego Carlos and Sven Botman today. Both Craig Hope and Luke Edwards are reporting that a move for Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker is back in the off position.
Edwards also has added that the Jesse Lingard chase could also be over as Manchester United have not walked back their extreme demands. He also believes Newcastle hope to add two more signings after Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes by deadline day.
Manchester United simply haven’t lowered their demands on Lingard despite Newcastle keeping lines of communication open last few days. Told today that means it over. If #mufc want to renegotiate that could change things but it’s not happened. Never say never, but looks dead now
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 28, 2022
The move for another left-back was always a luxury in this window. Howe is flush with options in Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo, and Matt Ritchie. Newcastle may have decided to focus on adding a center-back and another attacker.
The club also have to keep in mind that for each new signing someone in the 25-man squad will have to be either offloaded or left unregistered. So for a multitude of reasons, the move for Bakker can likely wait until the summer.
The situation with Lingard is almost infuriating. The powers that be at Old Trafford are for whatever reason not willing to be reasonable. They will end up losing Lingard for nothing rather than accepting a substantial loan fee.
It’s the extortionary £12m survival bonus that remains the barrier to this deal getting done. Unless Manchester United lessen that demand, it appears Lingard will rot on their bench for the remainder of this season.
It’s interesting to note Lyon wanted a similar clause of £6m in the deal for Guimaraes which Newcastle have accepted. While the details of the two moves are vastly different, Newcastle are willing to accommodate reasonable demands.
Newcastle will have to turn their attention to another attacking option. The Athletic’s Chris Waugh doesn’t believe that will be Tottenham’s Dele Alli, however. He reported earlier today that Howe may not rate the 25-year-old writing:
Dele Alli, who is surplus to requirements for new coach Antonio Conte at Tottenham, has been floated as a back-up option, but Howe does not appear as keen on the 25-year-old former England regular, who has struggled for form in recent seasons.
It’s shaping up to be an eventful remaining four days of this window. The imminent signing of Bruno Guimaraes certainly makes this window look much brighter than just a few days ago. Hopefully, he’ll be joined by at least two more by Monday.