Newcastle United’s task of signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Burnley in the summer may have just become even harder.
However, Newcastle do not have a clean run to sign Gudmundsson, with Leicester City also keen, and that makes things complicated.
Leicester City are looking to invest, so they should have no problem meeting Burnley’s asking price for Gudmundsson.
And if Leicester do come in for Gudmundsson, that could push the price out of Newcastle’s reach.
The Magpies have never been heavy spenders during Mike Ashley’s time in charge, and Rafael Benitez has certainly been restricted in how much he has been able to spend.
Newcastle’s lack of investment has caused frustration, and their failure to land reported first choice targets could be set to continue, if Leicester come in for Gudmundsson.