With the transfer window open, and confusion still reigning over the ownership of Newcastle United, we are potentially in a very vulnerable position.
If rival clubs were to lure our players away from the North East for their current Market Value, (Extracted from transfermarkt.com) would we be getting a fair deal?
Martin Dubravka: £6.7 Million
We dont even know where to begin on this one! Arguably our most important player, and one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, it is shocking that Dubravka is valued below £7 million.
The 31 year old shot stopper has been a revelation since swapping Sparta Prague for Newcastle United in 2018. During the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, no keeper made more saves than the Slovakian, racking up a huge 140.
With a contract running until the summer of 2025, we can hopefully continue to see him pull off outstanding saves for years to come.
Co-existing in a world where Chelsea paid £72 million for Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Liverpool spent £56 million on Alisson, any offer below the region of £30 million for Dubravka should be laughed at.
Javier Manquillo: £3.6 Million
The Spanish full back makes the list due to an unlikely revival of his Newcastle United career.
Throughout the previous campaign Manquillo was utilised as a backup option to the preferred DeAndre Yedlin, and it seemed he would slip further down the selection hierarchy following the summer arrival of Emil Krafth. This turned out not to be the case.
Manquillo appeared the most times on the right of our defence, picking up 21 Premier League appearances, before rightfully being offered a new 4 year contract at the end of the season.
It must be admitted the Spaniard still has shortcomings within his game, but I personally believe he is our most well-balanced option at right back. With such a low market value I think it would be crazy to sell the 26 year old for his supposed £3.6 million value.
Jamaal Lascelles: £13 Million
Our club captain, Jamaal Lascelles. Since being awarded the captains armband by Rafa Benitez back in 2016, our no-nonsense defender has gone from strength to strength.
Not only does he possess great defensive qualities, but his leadership and organisation are pivotal to the entire team. The importance of our number 6 is truly highlighted when he is not on the pitch!
Purely from a footballing perspective, I do believe there are better options available for £13 million, however I strongly believe the unmeasurable qualities which Lascelles brings to the table greatly outweigh these.
For that reason I would only accept a bid upwards of £40 million for our 26 year old captain.
Federico Fernandez: £5 Million
The Argentine international made the switch from Swansea following their relegation in the 2017/18 season. It was assumed the defender would primarily be a squad player, however this was not the case.
Appearing in all but 6 Premier League games, he acquired the label of Mr Consistent, while also netting two goals for the team.
Fernandez strengthen his presence at the club by signing a 1 year contract extension in March. Within this deal, the 31 year old again has an option for the potential of a further 1 year extension.
Valued at just £5 million, possibly due to his age, I dont think it can be argued in any way that we would be crazy to let him depart for that fee. The experience he possesses from playing for Napoli, the Argentinian national team, and captaining Swansea in the Premier League is essential both behind the scenes, and on the pitch.
Danny Rose: £14.4 Million
With Danny Rose only on loan with the club throughout the 2019/20 season, it provided an opportunity for the former England international and Champions League finalist to reignite his deteriorating career.
Unfortunately for both Rose personally, and from our perspective, this did not come to fruition. The full back appeared to lack fitness when joining, and did not leave a great impression with his comments off the pitch.
Not only does Rose have an inflated market value, he would also demand high wages compared to the rest of our squad. For that reason I would not look to bring him in permanently.
Miguel Almiron: £14.4 Million
Our former club record signing Miguel Almiron is a fan favourite within the Toon Army. It is not difficult to understand why, with his relentlessness work ethic, infectious positivity, and long-awaited discovery of his goal scoring rhythm.
With the Paraguayan in good form this season there is no surprise that other clubs have been linked with his services. The trio of Arsenal, AC Milan, and Atletico Madrid have all been touted with Almiron’s signature, however we would be foolish to let him leave.
At just 26 years old, the attacker is destined to reach his prime in the next few years. With 4 additional years remaining on his contract, I would personally do all we can to keep him in the North East, rejecting all offers below £35 million.
Jonjo Shelvey: £13 Million
Arguably our most controversial player, half our fanbase would be more than happy to see Jonjo replaced with a more energetic, industrious midfielder, while the other half believe his calmness in possession and passing ability makes him a vital player.
Under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez I probably would have been swayed into selling the out of favour midfielder for the proposed £13 million fee, but with his uptick in form during the current season I think he still has an important role to play in the North East.
Ending the season as our Premier League top goalscorer (With just 6 goals…), he did not just add creativity to our system, but also earned us important points with his goals.
With 3 years remaining on his contract, I would want at least an £18-20 million transfer fee to lure the 28 year old away this season.
Sean Longstaff: £15.8 Million
Following the circus surrounding the younger Longstaff brother, Matty, it is essential that we do not repeat those mistakes with Sean.
The market value does reflect a fair price, considering the 22 year old has only accumulated 32 appearances for the club, however the potential output we can receive from the local midfielder in years to come seriously outweighs this proposed market value.
With age on his side, I would be reluctant to sell Sean for less than £20 million.
Isaac Hayden: £7.2 Million
Underrated by what seems like everyone outside of Newcastle United (Gareth Southgate included), Isaac Hayden has become an instrumental player for us in the middle of the park.
Winning 152 duels, while recovering the ball 114 times throughout the Premier League season, the presence of Hayden in midfield is essential for our playing style. Sitting with a low block, we relied on winning back possession and initialising quick counter attacks.
The daunting factor around the Chelmsford born midfielder however, are his repeated desires to re-locate South in order to be closer to his family. With his current contract due to expire in June 2021, we run the risk of losing him for a much lower fee.
If a renewal is not executed within the next year, then a £7.2 million fee would seem reasonable, however reluctant we would be to see him go.
On the other hand if a contract extension was signed, then I would base his value on the deal between Everton and PSG, who exchanged £30 million for the services of Idrissa Gueye in 2019.
Allan Saint-Maximin £25.2 Million
Do not sell this man – Never.
You can swap the figures around in this market value to show £52.2 million and I would still not be happy seeing him head through the exit doors of St James’ Park.
Joelinton: £18 Million
This is a difficult one; Do I believe Joelinton had a poor season – Yes. Do I think Joelinton was worth £40 million – No. Do I still believe there is a good player there – Yes.
If you were discussing a Premier League striker who had appeared in all 38 games and only netted 2 goals you would be bemused if there was an £18 million price tag attached.
With this in mind I would accept an £18 million bid, in the unlikely circumstances it was offered.
NUFC Hotspot Newcastle United Blog. NUFC Hotspot Blog. NUFC Blog. Newcastle.
Subscribe for the very best NUFC Hotspot round-ups delivered straight to your inbox!