Newcastle have been linked with two sensational moves for current internationals in the foreign press. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Dortmund winger Thorgan Hazard are both available at cut-rate fees with Newcastle said to be lurking.
France’s L’Equipe, by way of Get French Football News, claim Rabiot has hit Newcastle’s radar after asking to leave Turin. He is entering the final year of his contract and could find his place at risk as Paul Pogba makes his return.
There is plenty to be skeptical about with yet another link to Rabiot, who has been named as a target since news of the takeover was made public. The 27-year-old earns between £175k and £225k per week from the various reports I could track down. This report states he is one of the top earners in Italy.
Newcastle are not likely to blow up their wage structure to add the French international despite him being available for just £13-17m. Chelsea and Manchester United are also credited with an interest, which seems like more viable destinations.
Sport Witness has cited a claim from Germany’s Bild that Thorgan Hazard has emerged as a target and that Dortmund would consider selling the 29-year-old for around £12m. Newcastle are after a wide forward with Moussa Diaby priced out of a move.
The Belgium international’s contract runs out in 2024 but he is coming off two underwhelming campaigns. Hazard has just 9 goals and 7 assists since the start of the 2020/21 season compared with 19 goals and 26 assists from 2018 to 2020.
Outlets from Europe don’t seem to have grasped that Newcastle are not going to pull a Manchester City and buy immediate success. Bild states Hazard earns around £113k per week and that is ‘peanuts’ compared to what he would earn at Newcastle.
Newcastle also want to decrease the average age of the squad. So a player approaching 30 on bloated wages doesn’t fit the agenda this summer. While Hazard is versatile and talented, he’s likely not a serious target for The Magpies.