Pundit View: Mills urges Newcastle to cash in on Perez

Former England international Danny Mills believes Newcastle should cash in on Ayoze Perez, reveals Football Insider.

With all the takeover rumours and nerves over a potential new contract for Rafael Benitez, the fact that Newcastle could lose several first team players this summer seems to have been put on the back-burner.

A mass midfield exodus could see Mo Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden all depart, while Manchester United are reportedly interested in Sean Longstaff.

Up front, Salomon Rondon will return to West Brom unless something changes, and Perez has also been linked with a move away.

The Magpies will reportedly demand £35m for his services, while reports in Italy have claimed Tottenham and Napoli both want the Spaniard, and Mills thinks it’s time to cash in.

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What did he say?

“I’d be stunned if Tottenham signed him,” Mills told Football Insider. “He has been at Newcastle for five years and had half a good season. He has hardly ripped up any trees.

“If you can get a big fee, sell him. I would go for it if I was Newcastle. He is certainly replaceable, especially if they can get decent money to invest back into the team.”

Cash in

Grabbing eight goals and five assists in 2017/18, most of which came after Christmas, Perez topped his tally by netting 12 times this term, per Whoscored.

The Spaniard is hard-working, durable, trusted by Benitez and seems to have finally found his shooting boots.

However, with a £35m price tag on the forward’s head, Mills is absolutely right to say the club should cash in.

Perez has only hit double-digit league goals in a season once in his Newcastle career, despite playing over 2,000 minutes in all five campaigns with the club.

If Spurs are brave enough to stump up anywhere close to the reported price tag, that money could bring an excellent boost for the club’s summer window.