Newcastle United are interested in signing Harvey Barnes from Leicester City, and a now they know how much the Foxes want for him.
The Magpies’ search for a winger has taken them to the King Power, as reports emerged that Barnes is now a target for Eddie Howe.
We’ve been linked with the likes of Moussa Diaby and Jack Harrison, and next on the list is Leicester’s number seven.
He would be a sensational signing for Newcastle. Interestingly, we wrote about how we should make a move for the 24-year-old amid Leicester’s financial issues before the rumour emerged.
Leicester want £50million for Harvey Barnes
If Newcastle are to sign Barnes, it could cost a club record fee. That’s because the Northern Echo state that Brendan Rodgers’ side want £50million for his services. They claim that’s the lowest amount Leicester would entertain.
That would eclipse the fee spent on Joelinton three years ago. It’s also more than what Leeds want for Harrison. That’s understandable, as there is arguably a gulf in class between the two.
£50million is a lot of money, and not far off what Bayer Leverkusen were demanding for Diaby. He is reportedly valued at £60million.
But Barnes is surely much more attainable, and is a player who would really excited the Toon Army.
More than Newcastle want to pay
£50million is probably reasonable for someone like Barnes. He’s a proven Premier League talent, scores goals and provides assists, has played for his country and will boast a bigger fee because he’s English. He also has three years left on his contract, and is a ‘huge talent‘ in the words of Rodgers.
However, it’s more than Newcastle are looking to spend. The Northern Echo add that the Magpies are looking to get a winger for around £25million.
For that amount, Newcastle have got no chance of signing Barnes. It’s crazy to even target him if that’s all they want to spend.
If Howe is serious about adding Barnes to his Toon squad then he needs Dan Ashworth to push the boat out and spend the money required. £25million for someone like Barnes will never be enough to strike a deal.