Newcastle United news: Expert issues Allan Saint-Maximin transfer claim after £50m update
Noel Whelan has insisted it would be a “surprise” if Allan Saint-Maximin departed Newcastle this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it would take “more than £50million” to replace the “pivotal” 25-year-old.
According to the Daily Mail (2 April), Newcastle will listen to offers of around £50million for Saint-Maximin in the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman has netted five goals and three assists in 29 appearances this season.
Saint-Maximin joined Newcastle in 2019 and signed a bumper six-year renewal in October 2020.
Whelan suggested the winger will be key if the mega-rich Magpies are to realise their lofty ambitions.
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“If Newcastle are going to build something and be successful then they have to keep their better players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Saint-Maximin is a pivotal player, for me. He’s exciting, he’s a fan favourite, he can get you off your seat. I don’t think Newcastle have got too many players with that ability.
“I’d be really surprised if that happened. Losing a player like that, you’d have to spend a lot more than £50million to bring in a player better than him.”
The Tyneside giants paid OGC Nice a reported potential fee of £20million in 2019.
Saint-Maximin has notched 12 goals in 85 games for the club.
Newcastle sit 15th in the Premier League and have built a nine-point buffer to the relegation zone.
The Magpies face Wolves on Friday (8 April).