Newcastle United will demand £35million for man-of-the-moment Ayoze Perez after he opened the door to a summer exit, Football Insider understands.
The north-east giants will look to make a massive profit on a player they signed for £1.5million from Tenerife if he leaves St James’ Park after five years.
A Newcastle source told Football Insider that Perez’s value has multiplied as a result of a rich vein of form, which has yielded eight league goals since the end of January and a series of matchwinning displays.
The playmaker opened the door to quitting St James’ Park in the wake of his weekend hat-trick against Southampton, his first in English football.
“In the summer there is going to be options,” said Perez, as quoted by the Daily Telegraph. “That means I have done something well. I’ll be up to hear what is coming, but it doesn’t mean I am going to leave 100 per cent.
“I can hear what is coming for me, what they offer for me and that’s it, but it doesn’t mean I am definitely going to leave at the end of the season.”
Perez, 25, has scored 46 goals in 192 appearances for Newcastle and has played his best football for the club since the January arrival of club-record signing Miguel Almiron.
Perez, Almiron and on-loan Salomon Rondon have formed a potent front three that have catapulted United to 13th in the table and ended any fears of relegation.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are eager to sign a 30-goal striker who has headed in for a trial.