Newcastle close in on possible deal as £40 million star, Almiron clears up confusion surrounding, future, Toon fans told Newcastle face big Allan Saint-Maximin challenge in Toon news of the week

Toon face ASM challenge, Almiron clears up future and Newcastle close in on possible deal for Abraham in Newcastle news of the week…

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Tammy Abraham to leave Chelsea, with Newcastle United linked.

After breaking the 20-goal barrier for Chelsea last season, Abraham was tipped to be the main man at the Bridge this season, despite the summer arrival of Timo Werner from the Bundesliga.

However, that has not been the case for the young man and he has struggled for form, mostly down to his lack of game time, which has seen him fall well down the pecking order at Chelsea, with rumours the club will accept £40 million in the summer.

And Jordan believes Chelseafc will be able to secure their asking price and has told Abraham that he should leave the Blues in the transfer window

‘I think he can play at the very highest level,’ Jordan told talkSPORT. ‘But for reasons of style of play, I very much doubt it’s attitude because the feedback I get on this boy is that he’s a very good, decent young man, and if you look at his goalscoring record which is close to one in two, but I just don’t think he fits into the model that Chelsea have for the way they want to play currently.

‘With the personnel they’ve got there, Thomas Tuchel is maximising the potential and setting them up in a certain way. ‘Tammy Abraham going out of Chelsea, I think he’s got a couple of years left on his contract, that means the club can hold out for a value.

‘Then you’ve got two considerations in there. You’ve got a Covid-19 landscape and what is value in this marketplace and where are people going to go? At £40 million does he represent a market price given the landscape of football finances?

‘And where will he go to from the player’s aspiration side of things. If I was a chairman of a football club, a top six club which is where I think he’ll land, whether that’s in Europe or this particular league, I think £40m is probably a little bit toppy as a straight, nailed-on payment.

‘I think if you get there you start buying at £25m, £30m and you get £10m worth of add-ons based on goals and performances which he’ll get, I think you’ll get to £40m.

‘Whether it’s a club like Barcelona, because I can see him going somewhere like that, or a club in Italy, or one of the top six in this country. I think this boy can play in a Man United side.

‘I think he’s a really good player, I’m surprised he’s not featuring, but I can also see the way Chelsea are setting up that he doesn’t and won’t give them what they want in that particular set-up.’

Miguel Almiron has sought to clear up any confusion regarding his future at Newcastle.

Almiron is a player that Toon fans have come to admire over the past few seasons for his work-rate and high-energy performances on the pitch, and also his ability to take on players at high pace.

However, The 27-year-old forward was recently quoted by ABC Cardinal as saying that he wants to “play for a side that fights more” after seeing the Magpies become caught up in a Premier League relegation battle this season, and that was considered to be a nod towards a transfer away from St James’ Park being sought.

But Almiron insists that is not the case and that he remains happy and settled on Tyneside, Almiron has told Sky Sports when quizzed on the quotes that have sparked widespread speculation: “What I was speaking about has been wrongly interpreted. At no point was I suggesting I wanted to play for another team.

“As I’ve been saying, I’m very happy in Newcastle and all I’m thinking about is helping the team achieve its goals of improving.”

A man snapped up from Atlanta United in January 2019 added: “It’s been a good season for me overall given the circumstances. I feel I have adapted well to a new country and a new league.

“Football in the Premier League and in England is very different to playing in MLS but my team-mates and the manager have helped me greatly.

“Right now, I have to keep on working hard in order to improve, but I’m very happy here in Newcastle.

“The truth is that when the gaffer (Steve Bruce) speaks English during training to the group, I understand him and the instructions he’s getting across.

“But having Javier Manquillo, Federico Fernandez and Joelinton as team-mates certainly helps.”

Lee Ryder has opened up and claimed that Newcastle United will have a challenge in keeping Allan Saint-Maximin in the transfer window.

Saint-Maximin was out for alot of games with a serious injury this season and the Toon missed him and his quality, with Steve Bruce’s side edging towards that relegation zone.

But the Frenchman was superb against Liverpool in the 1-1 draw – and since his has come back into action, the Toon have looked more like a side that is able to compete in the top half of the table, rather than the relegation zone.

And Ryder believes the winger’s recent form will present Newcastle with a summer challenge, as there will surely be a number of clubs that will want to sign the attacker, should he decide he wants to leave the club

“A few people have mentioned this already – the summer challenge will be if Newcastle can hold on to him.

“I don’t want to sound negative but if you’re playing this well then people are going to start to take note. Steve Bruce touched on it in his press conference before the Liverpool game that this will be the challenge they are going to have and there will be top teams who like the look of him.

“Saint-Maximin has probably turned the season on its head for Newcastle in terms of pushing them away from danger – they’ve got five games to try to add to it, and he will be a key part to that.”

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