An update has emerged on Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin, regarding Everton’s interest in his services.
According to The Mirror, Everton boss Rafa Benitez is plotting a £50m swoop for Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin this summer. The report claims that Benitez has identified the star of his former club as a potential replacement for Richarlison, with the Blues seemingly prepared to pay £50m for the Frenchman.
Newcastle are said to value Saint-Maximin at £60m after he recently signed a new long-term contract with the club this year.
Newcastle could be set for a huge blow if a bid from Everton is accepted as Saint-Maximin is a crucial player for the club. He provides the magic required to light up a game in the Premier League and often pops up with special moments to win points for the club.
The winger averaged an exceptional WhoScored rating of 7.12 in the Premier League last term. Joe Willock was the only player who managed better than that – by 0.01 – and the third-highest score was Martin Dubravka’s 6.84. This highlights the gulf in quality between Saint-Maximin and the next best in the squad, with Willock having returned to Arsenal following his loan spell at the club.
Speaking earlier this year, Steve Bruce was resigned to there being interest in the attacker this summer. The ex-Villa boss lauded the forward’s ability to get supporters off their seats and labeled him as a special talent.
“He’s one of them that will get you off your seat, and how many have got that these days?
“He scored a goal in training the other day which was just remarkable. He does that, where we all just have to stand and applaud.
“You can see when he’s playing and injury free then he’s a special, special talent which inevitably will draw interest.”
This shows how highly Bruce rates the 24-year-old and why selling him would be a major blow for the club, at any price. Bruce would be gutted if he lost a player of Saint-Maximin’s quality ahead of the campaign.
Therefore, Bruce would be gutted if Mike Ashley sanctioned an exit for Saint-Maximin for £50m. It would take a lot to replace the winger, given the standard of his performances for the Toon Army and how much he stood out ahead of his peers at this level.
This is why Newcastle must reject the offer and do their utmost to keep him at the club as long as they can.