Report: Club want Tottenham to pay £40m for their 'breathtaking' player; Levy could now look elsewhere
Tottenham and Chelsea are both keen on signing Newcastle United winger, Allan Saint-Maximin, but could be priced out by the Magpies’ asking-price.
Reports over the weekend had suggested Tottenham and the Blues were keen on making a bid for the tricky French winger. Described as ‘breathtaking’ for his performances at St James’ Park, Saint-Maximin has been a shining light for the Toon for the last few seasons.
However, his form was always going to attract interest from elsewhere and that seems to have come in the form of Tottenham and Chelsea. But according to the Sun, Newcastle’s £40m valuation of the winger would force the London pair to look elsewhere.
It’s claimed in The Sun that both Chelsea and Spurs were hoping PIF’s cash-rich status would mean they’d be open to selling Saint-Maximin at a lower price. But it seems Newcastle won’t be bullied into anything and, quite rightly, are wanting top dollar for one of their best players.
Tottenham and Chelsea have both been splashing the cash this summer already. Both clubs are expected go again in the market before the window closes.
TBR’s View: Saint-Maximin Is Worth £40m, Easily
It shouldn’t really surprise Spurs and Chelsea that this is the price. If anything, it’s actually quite low given the market at the moment and the fees some players go for.
Saint-Maximin might have his inconsistencies but he’s a proven Premier League player and for £40m, both clubs won’t get much better really. For Chelsea, signing someone like Saint-Maximin is probably more urgent. The Blues need new faces after a poor pre-season so far. Tottenham, meanwhile, have good options in wide areas for now.
The Newcastle man improves both squads though, and it’s quite odd really to see them putt off by what seems a modest enough price-tag.
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