Newcastle United have agreed a £30m fee with Leicester for the sale of Ayoze Perez, and the news has sent frustrated Toon fans into meltdown.
Despite being a controversial figure amongst the Newcastle support, Perez is undeniably a crucial player to the squad.
He scored 12 goals last season, and finished the campaign in style, scoring eight in his last nine games.
It was always going to catch the attention of other clubs, but fans had perhaps not been expecting one so close to home.
He’d been linked with plenty of overseas clubs this summer, but a move within the Premier League seemed unlikely.
Now after a devastating week following Rafa Benitez’s departure, things may be about to get worse.
Worryingly Perez is not the only Newcastle star potentially on their way out.
Meanwhile Mo Diame has already left, Rondon’s loan has come to an end, Isaac Hayden wants away and Sean Longstaff is being linked with Man United.
By the end of the summer, Newcastle will be lucky if they have even half of last year’s squad.
Although a transfer for Perez was always on the cards, the timing couldn’t be worse.
At this point Newcastle fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry, and so naturally, their reaction has ranged from devastation to bemusement.
Newcastle fans react to potential Perez deal
Perez gone then, Ashley will probably replace him with a bucket of paint for the bogs.#nufc
— stevie (@stevieknackered) July 2, 2019
Absolutely gutting seeing Perez move on. He's been one of our marquee player's since he joined us. He clearly fell victim to unfair treatment from some of our fanbase but continued to endeavour; ultimately proving his true quality towards the latter of the season. #NUFC #Perez
— Joel NUFC (@NufcJoel) July 2, 2019
I'm now of the opinion that the takeover is off. #NUFC
Are BZG going to agree to buy a club for 350M when it's already lost value, losing it's management/coaching staff, and selling Perez? That wouldn't be happening if there was something brewing. Club is worth less already.
— Dell ◻️◼️ (@agbnufc) July 2, 2019
Fair play to Perez, get out of this rotten club while he can #nufc
— Ryan (@RyanTaylor19) July 2, 2019
— Leigh (@SixxHavok) July 2, 2019
I don’t understand the fans saying “£30mill for Pérez is good business”. Unless you’re Ashley’s accountant, shut up. That money isn’t being reinvested, we don’t even have a manager. #nufc
— Wayne Roberts (@WayneRoberts_87) July 2, 2019
What a shock Perez is being sold. Losing the little minuscule of faith I have left in @NUFC and the will to live
— nikki (@NikkiDaughtry) July 2, 2019
— Nick Cahill (@nickcahill9) July 2, 2019
So Mike Ashley comes out and says BZG Group don’t want Rafa and his coaching team, now Perez is away, Joselu and Manquillo soon to follow? either Ashley is asset stripping or the BZG Group hate the Spaniards 😂. I know which one I more inclined to believe #NUFC
— Chris Whitfield (@Whitty_1987) July 2, 2019