Mykhaylo Mudryk’s meteoric rise over the past year has planted him high on many clubs’ wishlists. Mark Douglas, in his latest for i, is hearing from sources that Newcastle are definitely one of those clubs.
The 21-year-old is expected to be in high demand when the winter window opens. The Premier League is most likely where he’ll land, if not in January then almost certainly next summer.
In addition to the Magpies; Arsenal, Brentford, Everton, and Liverpool are all contemplating moves for the Ukrainian. Brentford had a bid knocked back in August with Shakhtar wanting close to £50m for their budding superstar.
That is a significant price tag for a player who was relatively unknown this time last year. However, his qualities are made for the English game. He won’t turn 22 until January so his ceiling is very high.
Newcastle are in the market for a winger to match the game-changing ability of Allan Saint-Maximin. Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby is also a potential target and would be an equally stunning addition.
In addition to a winger, Newcastle want someone to unlock defenses as well as a defensive midfielder. These priorities won’t all be addressed in January. Splashing out £50m on one target could hinder other arrivals.
However, a player like Mudryk could make an instant impact similar to what Bruno Guimaraes did last January. Newcastle could also look at bargain deals to offset Mudryk’s outlay such as Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
A deep-lying midfielder may be able to wait until next season with Jonjo Shelvey primed for his return. Aouar’s creative ability is more pressing as is another attacking threat to combine with or cover for Allan Saint-Maximin.
Aouar will have just six months left on his contract in January. Lyon will not be able to haggle too much on a fee as he’ll be off for nothing in the summer. A combination of Mudryk and Aouar would be an accomplished window that addresses pressing needs.
93 comments so far
Sep 27, 2022 at 6:58 AMComment #81
On this day in 1994: Newcastle 5 v Royal Antwerp 2 (10-2 on Aggregate) Uefa Cup (Lee, Cole 3, Beardsley)
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Sep 27, 2022 at 7:00 AMComment #82
And to think that in a few days, we’ll be talking about the World Cup being next month…!
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:11 AMComment #83
Unfortunately history is littered with good players who seem to stutter when put on the international stage. He wasn’t right at all last night, he was nervy from the off, I really felt for him when the camera panned in on him after that goal.
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:12 AMComment #84
I switched off after 90 mins, couldn’t bear to watch the penalties.
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:16 AMComment #85
I suppose thats the last we have seen of Isak before the world cup
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:19 AMComment #86
Newcastle are close to finalising a deal to sign Garang Kuol from @CCMariners.The forward made his Australia debut last week, aged 18.
#NUFC are exploring ways of overcoming any work permit issues – including a potential loan to a European club if they can get a deal done.
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:20 AMComment #87
Be a good few of these over the next few month
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:22 AMComment #88
I still think he’ll be on the plane as that would be a major kick in the stones if he punished him for that and seemingly not something Southgate has a history of. Although his place as number two has to be in doubt. If Pickford got injured and you need someone to step up then I think Pope showed he hasn’t quite got that in his locker.
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:22 AMComment #89
What makes you say that?
Sep 27, 2022 at 7:36 AMComment #90
Nijmegen – nerves can be overcome though. You never know how you’re going to react until you’re in the situation but once you have been, you can look at managing your emotions better.
I agree that Pope will most likely go to the World Cup but I suspect Southgate wanted a good look at him to see if he’s capable of being number 2. I suspect he’ll be behind Ramsdale now.
Never know though…he could end up saving the crucial penalty that wins us the World Cup! 🙂
Sep 27, 2022 at 8:45 AMComment #91
Not so sure, think Pope may stay as No2 – Southgate still manages to pick Maguire as a certain starter despite his continuing gaffs
Sep 27, 2022 at 8:49 AMComment #92
I’m not so sure, Maguire is one of Southfates favourites and is his place to lose, which hopefully it is done now. It was Pope’s place to to prove himself capable and he fell way short, gutted for him.
Sep 27, 2022 at 8:54 AMComment #93
Nij, agreed he didn’t earn number one spot but he’s obviously showed more in training than Ramsdale but as you say – he’s not a Southgate favourite so easier to drop to number 3