Goal.com claims Newcastle United have an advantage over Louis van Gaal in the race to sign right-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord.
Newcastle have had an initial £4.7 million offer for the Dutchman turned down and Goal claims the fact they should be willing to pay the complete fee up front works in their favour.
“The club (Newcastle) still hope to broker a deal for less than £8m given their policy of paying fees in full; the Magpies often get reductions in the overall price given how rare it is in football that all fees are paid up front,” reports Goal.
It doesn’t mean Manchester United are down and out of the race for the 24-year-old because if their interest is accurate, LvG’s side are still in a very good position.
If, in the course of negotiations, Feyenoord state they want any complete fee for Janmaat paid up front, Manchester United shouldn’t have a problem adhering to that demand.
The reason larger deals are broken up and organised payments are arranged is because of the huge cash injection a side would need to pay £20-40 million for a player up front.
However, in Janmaat’s case, the reported fee could rise to as high as £8 million, maybe more of a bidding war breaks out between Newcastle and Manchester United.
Newcastle can be competitive and Alan Pardew will be determined to fight for the player with Mathieu Debuchy likely to head off to Arsenal.
The number of talented, suitable and available right-backs for Pardew to target as a replacement isn’t that great which puts him under a little bit of pressure to try and get a deal done before van Gaal can react.
Newcastle’s advantage is that they have reportedly already made contact and if they can keep the amount down, they shouldn’t have a problem paying the fee up front.
Manchester United’s advantage is van Gaal and the fact their boss has worked with Janmaat and has an easy line of communication with the player. They also have vast financial resources to fall back on.
Newcastle have suffered a setback but if they can react quickly, they may get a second offer in before United can blow them out of the water financially.