Newcastle United will slap an eight-figure price tag on Tim Krul’s head to ward off interest in one of the players that they are desperate to keep hold of this summer.
Tottenham were credited with an interest in Krul over the weekend and the player himself is understood to have an open mind about his future after a disappointing end to last season which nearly cost him his World Cup place.
But the club see Krul, along with Cheick Tiote, as one of a number of key squad members that they have identified as being crucial to this summer’s rebuilding efforts. Although potential emergency replacements have been identified – including PSV’s Joreon Zoet and Celtic’s Fraser Forster – he is one of the players that United believe they have placed a prohibitive price tag on.
It would take at least £10million for Newcastle – who have Freddie Woodman coming through in the next couple of years – to even begin negotiating for the goalkeeper.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is now back at his desk but several of United’s targets are stalling on decisions over their future after initial enquiries were made before the World Cup.
United need to sign a striker before Mike Ashley gives the green light to strengthening in other areas of the pitch and the club believe the World Cup is muddying the waters for all Premier League clubs. The Magpies have identified a small pool of four or five strikers including Alexandre Lacazette and Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lassoga but they are now also monitoring the availability of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
United will re-ignite their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang if the Bundesliga club make the striker formally available this summer.
The Journal understands that Aubameyang’s representatives are touting his name to clubs who had previously shown an interest after the signing of Italy forward Ciro Immobile – and Newcastle would ask to be kept informed if Dortmund signal their intention to sell.
Speculation was sparked by newspaper reports in France which claimed he was available for around £8million. Italian clubs are also looking at him and his agent Oscar Damiani said: “Sabatini likes him, but it would be very difficult to lure him away from Borussia Dortmund because he has a long contract. However, he would like to return to Italy.”