Newcastle are in pole position to sign Chelsea’s Timo Werner on loan should Thomas Tuchel sanction his compatriot’s departure before the window closes in September. That claim arrives from Mark Douglas in his latest report from i news.
Interest in the 26-year-old has been registered with Chelsea. The Magpies are willing to pay a loan fee and a portion of his wages. This is a move that will not gain momentum until later in the window with his future currently uncertain.
Eddie Howe cast doubt that a new arrival would be coming in before the season kicks off against Nottingham Forest in six days. However, the club is pushing for attacking reinforcements with moves on several fronts; including Werner, Leicester City’s James Maddison, and Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet.
Burnley held Cornet out of their season-opening win at Huddersfield yesterday. The news on the Ivorian is encouraging according to Douglas. While the clubs are still apart in negotiations, Cornet is a deal that seemingly could get done quickly.
He has a £17.5m release clause that Newcastle could trigger at any point. However, they are willing to pay more in a structured deal similar to Nick Pope’s, where the £10m is spread out over four years.
Douglas also believes that a second bid could be launched for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison. An initial offer of £40m was rejected for the 25-year-old, who is valued at around £60m. Questions have also asked about winger Harvey Barnes and midfielder Youri Tielemans.
To avoid running afoul of financial fair play regulations, The Foxes must sell in order to fund new arrivals. While that theoretically could benefit Newcastle, Leicester want most of any agreed fee to be paid upfront which has not been the modus operandi this window.