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Report: Newcastle willing to pay more than Arsenal in race to sign 'outstanding' player

As the seemingly never ending race for Dusan Vlahovic continues to take twists and turns, it seems Newcastle United have tried to muscle themselves into the picture ahead of Arsenal.

Well, that’s according to The Independent anyway. Writing in his weekly newsletter, the Independent’s lead football writer, Miguel Delaney, has claimed that Newcastle have made their feelings known to Vlahovic and his camp over their proposal. It’s reported that PIF are willing to pay more and give more to Vlahovic than Arsenal.

However, there is a problem for the Mags. The report claims Vlahovic – dubbed ‘outstanding’ by his international teammates – has flat out rejected the notion of signing for Newcastle at this moment in time. Like so many, he is concerned about the relegation battle. But things aren’t looking too much better for Arsenal, either.

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The Gunners want to sign Vlahovic, it is no secret. But this latest report only confirms again that Vlahovic isn’t sold fully on Arsenal. In fact, it’s suggested that after all this, Vlahovic will simply end up signing for Juventus.

Newcastle, meanwhile, keep hitting trouble in their bids to bring new blood in. Despite landing the likes of Trippier and Wood, others are proving more difficult to complete. As with Vlahovic, the issue seems to be the club’s lowly league position.

TBR’s View: Newcastle No Chance On Vlahovic

The courage to try and sign him is to be admired, but Newcastle were never getting this one done. Maybe a few years down the line when things are stable and the club are looking up and not down, can we discuss such big deals.

But for now, Newcastle are just hitting brick walls. We all know money talks in football, and Newcastle have more than anyone. However, no big name is going to fancy the Championship. Nor will they want a relegation scrap.

In terms of Arsenal, too, it seems their inconsistencies are proving an issue.

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