We always knew Newcastle were going to get charged more for players this month.
The takeover last year took the Magpies into a totally different stratosphere, with the financial potential to go all the way to the top of the game.
But that’s a problem when everyone else knows how much money you’ve got. Teams either want a slice of the pie themselves, or will try and stop us reaching the top by pricing us out of our top targets.
The pursuit of Sven Botman is proving difficult. Newcastle will reportedly have to pay £46million to sign the 22-year-old.
Meanwhile, we paid over the odds for Chris Wood. He cost £25million, with the club activating his release clause. It was a lot of money, but Burnley probably would’ve wanted even more if it hadn’t been for the release clause.
And now the Independent’s Miguel Delaney has given an insight into exactly how much more clubs are trying to charge Newcastle for their players.
Newcastle being asked to pay more money than other clubs
In his weekly newsletter ‘Reading The Game’, Delaney wrote about the premium Newcastle are being asked to pay.
He writes that Newcastle are being quoting between £5million and £10million more for players compared to other clubs.
That sums up the predicament Newcastle are in now. It’s frustrating, but it goes with the territory of being one of richest clubs in the game.
Owners and directors will want to eek every penny they can from Newcastle, or charge so much that the Magpies won’t make a move.
Sitting at the top of footballing ladder is a lucrative position to be in, and teams up there don’t want to be knocked off their perch. They don’t want another Manchester City situation.
Meanwhile, teams at the bottom won’t want Newcastle’s newfound wealth to allow them to escape danger at their expense.
If we have to pay more, then unfortunately so be it. At this moment in time, and if the player is right for Newcastle, needs must.