Newcastle United set £70m Allan Saint-Maximin valuation as Steve Bruce strives to raise transfer budget
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United will demand more than four times what they paid OGC Nice if they are to sell Allan Saint-Maximin in the summer transfer window.
The French wing wizard moved to St. James’ Park two years ago for an initial £16.5million, in a deal that could reach £20m through potential add-ons.
Saint-Maximin has proven to be a huge success in black and white and was rewarded with a double-your-money new contract in October, increasing his previous £36,000-per-week (The Sun) terms with a six-year deal after he sought to be made one of the club’s top-earners.
Newcastle tieing Saint-Maximin down to a new deal was considered to be a major boost for Steve Bruce, as the 24-year-old had begun to attract interest from elsewhere and the Toon head coach admitted in April that he is braced for approaches this summer.
Bruce added that selling Saint-Maximin was ‘the last thing’ he wants, but the Magpies have slapped a £70m asking price on the former U21 international as they strive to increase their transfer budget.
It is thought Newcastle will have just £12m to play with in the summer and are set to spend £8m of it on Kristoffer Ajer, with plans for the Celtic defender advancing, and are discussing a deal for Wigan talent Kyle Joseph alongside plans to retain Arsenal’s Joe Willock.
Saint-Maximin is viewed as the prime sellable asset to allow Bruce to increase his budget, but Newcastle’s whopping asking price is expected to price the forward out of a move away from St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are a visibly better side when Saint-Maximin is playing as he offers Bruce a direct threat who can run at opposition defences, and has the vision and mind to pick out the right teammate or to try his luck at finding the back of the net himself.
They sorely missed the attacker’s influence while he was sidelined for two months while suffering with coronavirus (Sky Sports) before missing further games with a groin injury in March, which was immediately summed up by his performances last month.
Saint-Maximin made all the difference in the world to Bruce against Burnley by coming off the bench and assisting Jacob Murphy to equalise before scoring the winner, he then bamboozled West Ham the following week and did the same at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp had been full of praise for Saint-Maximin before the Anfield affair, having expressed his admiration for the attacker via quotes by Chronicle Live: “Saint-Maximin is a proper footballer, he was injured and that was a blow but along with Joelinton they play really well together.”