According to reports in France, Newcastle are back in the race to sign Allan Saint-Maximin.
Saint-Maximin’s price tag has reportedly gone down from £36 million to £22.5 million, which could explain why Newcastle are once again interested.
However, L’Equipe claim that Bruce isn’t convinced by the 22-year-old after conducting his own checks on the player. So if a deal for Saint-Maximin does happen, this could tell us a lot about the transfer power Bruce holds.
Benitez wanted to control which players came into the club, which was only fair. He had a vision for how his team should play and needed certain players to fulfil certain roles. No doubt Bruce has the same idea, but he might not have the same power.
So if we do sign Saint-Maximin against Bruce’s wishes, it shows that the new manager has no say in who arrives at St James’ Park. He’ll just have to find a way to play with the new signings he’s given, which seems like a highly inefficient way to run a football club.
Of course, the French reports on how Bruce feels about the player might be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time some incorrect information has came out of France.