Newcastle start transfer talks with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho
France Football are reporting that Newcastle United have started talks with Philippe Coutinho ahead of a possible move from Barcelona to St James’ Park.
Coutinho is currently in limbo. He’s still on loan at Bayern Munich, however his season is over due to injury.
At the same time, it’s been widely reported that Barcelona have no interest in absorbing Coutinho back into their first team.
With Coutinho available for sale, Newcastle are looking to move in. France Football say:
Negotiations have already started and Coutinho’s entourage seem to believe strongly in the project (at Newcastle should the Saudi takeover complete) and in the possibility for the player to be part of it.
Mercato : Philippe Coutinho (prêté par le Barça au Bayern), priorité Premier League https://t.co/KbIzC61ucM
— France Football (@francefootball) June 9, 2020
What France Football don’t talk about
There’s no mention of how much Newcastle would have to pay Barcelona to sign Coutinho.
Also, there are no details on Coutinho’s possible wages at St James’ Park, or the length of any contract he’s willing to sign.
Andy Carroll, Matty Longstaff and Javier Manquillo offer deals
The Athletic have confirmed that Andy Carroll, Matty Longstaff and Javier Manquillo have all been offered new deals to remain at Newcastle for the time-being.
All three players are set to become free agents on June 30. Readers are told:
The Athletic understands that Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director, last week made contact with representatives of Carroll, Matty Longstaff and Javier Manquillo, all of whom are out of contract at the end of the month, floating the prospect of extended deals, as well as asking them to sign short-term extensions that would allow them to figure in Newcastle’s final nine league matches.
All three players’ futures must be resolved by June 23.
Newcastle have dangled the prospect of longer contract extensions to Andy Carroll & Javier Manquillo (as well as Matty Longstaff) as they look to shore up their position this season. As ever, takeover stasis is the backdrop to everything … #NUFC https://t.co/mrLHhzmVwz
— George Caulkin (@GeorgeCaulkin) June 9, 2020
Update on the Newcastle takeover
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) June 9, 2020