Newcastle United enter race to signal £85m valued midfield prodigy
After their mammoth takeover, which was completed 10 days ago by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium, Newcastle United is now preparing to inject the money.
In an attempt to restore the club to its former glory that has been remembered for many years, the team’s new hierarchy is targeting some of Europe’s greatest and best players, according to recent reports.
One player who is considered hot on the magpies’ radar is Borussia Dortmund and English midfield maestro Jude Bellingham.
This emerges from a recent report by Spanish outlet Todo Fichajes which claims that although Manchester United are top contenders for Bellingham’s return to England, Newcastle United has also stepped into the mix after their new ownership.
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Known for its unmatched ability to sign players, develop them and then sell them for big profits, Borussia Dortmund, while hesitant to see their young midfielder’s back, will likely be forced to approve a sale in the windows to come.
Jude Bellingham has been linked to a stunning move to Newcastle United.
However, signing the talented box-to-box midfielder won’t come cheap for any interested club after claims Borussia Dortmund could charge as much as £ 85m (€ 100m).
Since joining the Black and Yellows last season, Bellingham has appeared in 58 first-team games in all competitions, contributing directly to 16 goals.
Widely regarded as one of England’s greatest talents in recent history, the 18-year-old cap is still unknown.
When asked about the teen’s incredible rise earlier this summer, English coach Gareth Southgate, as quoted by TalkSPORT, said: “Judas is phenomenal.
“Especially in training in the last few days, a 17-year-old who wants to compete with older players not only has the technique, but also the competitiveness and maturity … he is an extremely exciting player.
“He will be an important player for England. We don’t just take it for experience.
“The experience will be enormous for him and for the future English coaches because I don’t see anything in his character which means that he will not succeed.
“But his performances with Dortmund in the big Champions League games really impressed us.
“He got up in those big moments. Those are the moments when we really judge the players. “
Given their desire to catapult the Premier League table to the top, if the Magpies are serious about pursuing the teenager, he might very well be the face of the new era of the Northeners.