According to the Athletic, Newcastle United have been watching Sasa Kalajdzic ahead of the summer transfer window. However, they have no chance of signing.
That’s because he will reportedly cost too much money for the Magpies.
The striker has already been linked with Newcastle this year. Back in March, TuttoJuve claimed that Steve Bruce’s side were keen alongside Juventus and RB Leipzig.
Three months later and the Athletic have explained why there’s no chance Kalajdzic will be wearing the black and white of Newcastle next season.
As part of their Euros preview, the Athletic have analysed multiple players to watch at the tournament, whilst listing which clubs could target them this summer.
Newcastle’s name are mentioned in Kalajdzic’s profile, but they state that the Magpies ‘simply cannot afford him’.
That’s a real shame, as the Austrian has had a wonderful season with Stuttgart.
Kalajdzic scored 16 goals in 33 Bundesliga games this season. He also registered five assists.
Newcastle clearly need to sign another striker this summer, and Kalajdzic could have been the perfect option.
Could a takeover increase chances of a Newcastle move for Kalajdzic?
As it stands, Newcastle can’t afford the 23-year-old.
But could a takeover change things?
According to the Sun, Mike Ashley still hopes to sell the club this summer, as early as next month.
Arbitration is set to take place in July, after Ashley launched a legal assault on the Premier League.
If the Magpies were successful in the arbitration case then a takeover could be back on the cards. That would completely change the club’s fortunes in the short and long term.
With the Public Investment Fund looking to own 80% of the club, Newcastle would become rich beyond their wildest dreams.
They would certainly be able to afford Kalajdzic, that’s for sure.
However, that is just fantasy at the minute. As it stands, Newcastle will be starting next season still owned by Ashley, operating on a shoestring budget.