Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek could reportedly cost Real Madrid £100 million next summer, according to the Daily Mirror, just months after Newcastle were reportedly monitoring the player.
Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan told Sky Sports in the summer that Newcastle were one of a number of Premier League sides who watched the midfielder on multiple occasions ahead of a potential move.
The player was, according to the report in the Daily Mirror, available for around £35m in the last off-season, but that figure has almost tripled now.
How realistic Newcastle’s chances were is anyone’s guess, particularly as the other teams named by the Dutch reporter were Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool.
But Manchester United were the most heavily linked, and they baulked at the £35m valuation.
However, it may have been an opportunity missed by those Premier League clubs, with Real Madrid said to have “made it clear” the astronomical price-tag will not deter them.
It is hard to imagine that a player of van de Beek’s stature would have made a move to Tyneside, but on the bright side, it shows we are identifying the right players to begin with.
Newcastle must trust the recommendations of their scouting team
If ever Newcastle are to show any aspirations of stepping up to the next level, they will need to show real ambition in the transfer market.
So when players like van de Beek are recommended by Newcastle’s scouting department, they need to be heeded, and acted upon immediately.
If we can speculate to accumulate, and see a fee of around £35m as a worthwhile investment, there is no reason why we cannot make a swift move to beat rival clubs to the signatures of Europe’s emerging talent.
We were ready enough to fork out £40m on Joelinton, even though he is struggling in the role he is playing right now, and the club need to do likewise on other players consistently if they are to ever move forward.
Unfortunately, in the current era, it is hard to imagine Mike Ashley bank-rolling many deals of that size, so fans may have to wait until a new owner is eventually found.