Report: Newcastle want 'very fast' Tuchel and Ten Hag target; PIF not put off by 'exceptional' price tag
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Report: Newcastle want 'very fast' Tuchel and Ten Hag target; PIF not put off by 'exceptional' price tag

Newcastle United, Chelsea and Manchester United are just three of the clubs reportedly eyeing Benoit Badiashile.

Today, there have been reports from France providing updates on the Magpies, the Blues and the Red Devils’ pursuit of the Monaco ace.

Media Foot – via Sport Witness – have claimed that Newcastle ‘want’ Badiashile and have ‘positioned’ themselves to sign him this summer.

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Monaco apparently want an ‘exceptional’ offer for their star, placing a €50m (around £42.5m) price tag on him.

However, it is claimed the Magpies have been dreaming big since Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund [PIF] took over the club last October.

Therefore, Badiashile’s price tag is not a concern for Eddie Howe’s side, suggested the report.

Meanwhile, L’Equipe has claimed that Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag are keeping tabs on the Frenchman.

As well as Newcastle, Chelsea and Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly also in pursuit of Badiashile.

Apparently, the Bundesliga outfit has been keeping tabs on him for a long time, but lacks the financial resources.

Monaco have sold Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid this summer, so they’re not under pressure to sell another key asset.

“He is a great talent”

Badiashile is hugely talented and among the best defenders in Ligue 1.

The fact that he’s still only 21 means he’ll only get better in the coming years.

When Zinedine Zidane was at the helm at Real Madrid, he reportedly wanted to sign Badiashile.

Spanish outlet AS subsequently went on to brand him as ‘The new Raphael Varane‘.

Meanwhile, Monaco vice-president Oleg Petrov told Get French Football News in 2020: “He is a great talent.

“Very good technically, very humble, very fast, gives a lot of comforts when he plays, but still very young.

“Playing all the games as a starter, it is a huge opportunity for him to develop into a player of the highest calibre.”

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