Newcastle United have no chance of signing Anthony Gordon now given how much Chelsea are willing to pay for him.
The Everton youngster has been linked with a move to St James’ Park, and there were recently claims of the Magpies making a fresh bid. An opening offer of £35million was rejected earlier this summer.
But now Chelsea want to sign Gordon, and are willing to pay ridiculous money to get him.
Chelsea prepared to pay £60m for Gordon
According to Sky Sports, Thomas Tuchel’s side are prepared to pay as much as £60million for Gordon. £60million. Six zero.
That figure includes add-ons, but even still that is an extortionate amount of money.
Chelsea have already had a bid of more than £40million rejected by Everton, yet still they come back for more. The Blues seem determined to land Gordon, and are willing to pay over the odds to get him.
For reference, the 21-year-old has four goals and four assists in 52 Premier League appearances. Sure, he’ll get better in time, but that still feels like a crazy transfer fee.
It’s even more baffling when you remember they have already got Callum Hudson-Odoi, who they are preparing to loan out.
Newcastle never had a chance
Given the amount of money Chelsea are prepared to put on the table, Newcastle never stood a chance.
Gordon, who has been called ‘special‘ by pundit Dean Ashton, fits the bill for what Eddie Howe is looking for. He needs another option out wide – ideally someone who can play on both flanks. The Magpies are looking for someone young who can grow at St James’ Park, whilst also having an immediate impact.
The Toffees academy graduate ticks all of those boxes, but not for the kind of money Chelsea are willing to pay. If Newcastle really were keen, they have been priced out by Todd Boehly’s desire to sign the England Under-21 international.
Chelsea are prepared to do what Newcastle aren’t – overspend. They do have the ability to spend more money, but that doesn’t mean they have to.
Would the Magpies spend £60million on Gordon even if they could? Surely Dan Ashworth is too sensible to avoid doing that.
The transfer market is inflated right now. Clubs want huge fees for their players, and sadly some suitors are prepared to pay it.
It leaves Newcastle needing to look elsewhere for value. Meanwhile, Chelsea wait to see if Everton let them spend over the odds on Gordon.