An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s interest in Benoit Badiashile in the summer transfer window…
The ex-Brighton chief has already brought in Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope and is now looking to strengthen the squad further.
However, this latest report claims that the Toon need to be careful of their Financial Fair Play situation, suggesting that they may need to sell players before they continue their spending spree, as AS Monaco will demand a fee up to €60m (£52m).
Chelsea, Sevilla, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are also said to be keen on the centre-back, and it remains to be seen how much longer Newcastle can hold off on making a move for him.
If the Magpies can work a way around their budget to secure a deal for Badiashile, then Eddie Howe could have an exciting central defensive duo with which to work moving forward.
Botman has arrived on a permanent deal for Lille and his statistics in Ligue 1 suggest that he has the potential to be an excellent player in the Premier League. He averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.10 in the French top flight last term as the 22-year-old proved that he can perform to a high level on a consistent basis despite his young age.
In Badiashile, Newcastle would be bringing in a player with a similar scope for development. The 21-year-old averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.02 for Monaco in the same division as the Dutchman in 2021/22, winning an astounding 77% of his aerial battles.
Talent scout Jacek Kulig previously dubbed the machine a “definition of a complete centre-back”, and his 88% pass accuracy, along with his average ratings and his aerial dominance, suggests that it is an accurate comment.
At the age of 21, he also has plenty of time on his side to grow and develop even further as a player as he gains more experience at the top level. This is also the case with 22-year-old Botman, and this means that Newcastle would have two brilliant, young and strong central defenders at the back next season.
Howe could well have have his centre-back pairing for the next decade, if they are able to adapt to English football, and Ashworth must now work his magic in the market to get a deal done for Badiashile.