The agent of Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma has provided an intriguing update on the future of the player, amid interest from Newcastle United.
Speaking to Radio Castellon (via Sports Witness), the player’s representative Michael Moses revealed that there is a “50% chance” that his client could leave the La Liga outfit this summer, having been in sparkling form during the club’s shock run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Moses went on to add that Newcastle could be well placed to snap him up should he in fact depart, with the ‘presence of Eddie Howe’ likely to aid any deal, the 25-year-old – who has a reported £64m release clause in his existing deal – having been signed by the Englishman during his stint at Bournemouth.
This follows recent reports that suggested the current Magpies boss is eyeing a reunion with the Nigerian-born Netherlands international in the upcoming window, as he looks to bolster his ranks ahead of next season.
Amid growing speculation that the St James’ Park outfit are contemplating the sale of fans’ favourite Allan Saint-Maximin this summer, in Danjuma PIF have found their ideal replacement, with the six-cap international potentially an upgrade on the club’s dazzling Frenchman.
While Saint-Maximin remains a key cog in Howe’s side, chipping in with five goals and four assists in the top-flight this season, his lack of consistency has been a continued issue since his £16.5m move from Nice back in the summer of 2019.
That is the view of journalist Liam Kennedy, who suggested the winger’s inability to produce the goods week-in-week-out has held him back from joining an elite club, while pundit Gabby Agbonlahor stated that the £28.8m-rated man is “frustrating” owing to his tendency to try and do it all himself.
As for the man currently starring under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery in Spain, the £25k-per-week gem – who has been dubbed a “nightmare for defenders” by pundit Kevin Phillips – has shown remarkable consistency at the highest level this season.
Having joined the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the summer after recording 22 goal contributions in just 33 league games for the Cherries in the Championship last term, the one-time Brugge man has gone on to swiftly adapt to life in a major league, providing ten goals and three assists in the Spanish top-flight.
In Europe, the £45m-rated speedster has also dazzled being dubbed “spectacular” by Louis van Gaal, and notably handing Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot a torrid evening at Old Trafford in the group stage, while netting six times in the competition in the run to the last four.
The skilful winger also ranks highly among other players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, ranking in the top 6% for touches in the attacking penalty area, as well as in the top 16% and top 14% for dribbles completed and progressive carries, respectively.
An absolute menace for any defender, the Newcastle faithful will be hoping that he will be causing havoc in front of their eyes next term.