Newcastle United have reportedly submitted an offer for Arnaud Kalimuendo.
That’s according to Media Foot in France, who state that the Magpies have now stepped up their pursuit of the Paris Saint-Germain striker.
Kalimuendo has been a target for a while, but now Eddie Howe’s side have reportedly put some money on the table.
Newcastle have reportedly bid an initial £12.65million for the 20-year-old. However, their offer also includes £4.2million worth of add-ons, which would take the total price to £16.85million.
A deal worth around £17million has been proposed. However, that likely won’t be enough.
Leeds have also made an offer for Kalimuendo
Newcastle aren’t alone in the hunt to sign Kalimuendo. He’s already rejected a move to Nottingham Forest, while Leeds United are also keen to bring him to the Premier League.
In fact, Jesse Marsch’s side have already had a bid rejected for the striker. The Independent reported last month that Leeds offered around £17million for Kalimuendo, but their approach was turned down by PSG.
So Leeds have already had a bid rejected for the same amount as we’ve put on the table. Unless we’re willing to pay more money up front, it feels inevitable that our offer will be turned down too.
Leeds have fallen short, and Newcastle surely will too. However, neither side is a million miles away from matching PSG’s asking price.
L’Equipe claimed earlier this week that the Ligue 1 champions want £21million for Kalimuendo. Media Foot have backed up these claims, meaning both sides are £4million short.
With multiple clubs chasing his signature, it’s unlikely that PSG will lower their asking price. If anything, they will be enthused by the prospect of a bidding war.
That won’t appeal to Newcastle, who are looking to get the most out of their remaining transfer budget. A striker and a winger is on the agenda, and Kalimuendo could prove to be a decent addition for the right price.
However, he appears to be one of multiple forwards the Magpies are looking at.