Journalist Fabrizio Romano now claims that one of Newcastle United’s January targets will be available at the same price in the summer.
Newcastle were unable to make any major January purchases due to a lack of cash, as was the case throughout the Premier League, although this could change in the summer.
Serhous Guirassy was coveted by several clubs, including Newcastle, and while no one paid his £15 million release clause, Romano claims that the same clause will be operative again in the summer.
Newcastle can still make affordable buys during the summer.
It was almost unbelievable that nobody was able to sign Guirassy in January following his season with Stuttgart, but the striker elected to stay with the club.
So far this season, the 27-year-old has 17 goals in 14 Bundesliga games and 21 goal contributions in 16 games across all competitions, a truly ‘exceptional’ performance.
That’s why it was so frustrating to hear that he was available for only £15 million, despite the fact that Newcastle didn’t even have enough money to pay that price if he chose to leave the club.
The aim is that there will be much more money to spend in six months, but with Champions League and Adidas money on the way, they may revisit this arrangement to locate a new attacker.
Newcastle’s attack requires a makeover.
Callum Wilson is expected to be sold in the summer due to ongoing injury concerns and with one year remaining on his current deal, so they’ll want to cash in while they can.
That would leave Alexander Isak, another player who has struggled with injuries over the last 18 months, as the club’s only recognised striker, which is clearly insufficient.
Eddie Howe would want to have three strikers at his disposal, with two of them rotating and possibly a third, younger attacker who is content to be third choice and wait for his chance to play in the first team.
There is obviously opportunity for Guirassy to come in and play a lot of minutes, especially if Isak continues to struggle with his fitness; the question is if the club has recognized him as a key objective.