The Chronicle have claimed that Newcastle United are ‘likely’ to reignite their summer interest in Manchester United defender Phil Jones, after the England international remained at Old Trafford despite being some way down the pecking order.
Jones, 28, has been pushed down the pecking order since the signings of Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and the breakthrough of Tuesday night’s hero Axel Tuanzebe. Chris Smalling left to join Roma again, but Jones has remained.
The ex-Blackburn powerhouse has a contract at Old Trafford until 2023 – which will see him earn £100,000 a week (Sun) for another three years. But his chances of game time are zero, after being left of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.
The report states that Newcastle could reignite their summer interest in Jones, while The Sun reports that Manchester United are willing to sanction his exit for a fee of £20million. Fulham were also interested in the summer.
TBR’s view – The Toon need a defender, but Jones? Really?
The centre-back would immediately be an expensive purchase. At £20million, Jones would have to a be a top player in good form. But he managed just eight appearances last season, and is unlikely to play again for Solskjaer’s men.
His wages, after that fee, would be enormous. While Jones would be a good enough signing, his fee and wages would be far too expensive for the level of player he is right now. They can do a lot better for that amount of money.