Newcastle United fans have a lot to cheer about. The Magpies are at no risk of relegation, are deep in takeover talks and a few of their players are bringing real joy to the supporters.
One such player is Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman brought in a wave of excitement when he joined the club and he hasn’t disappointed since.
Saint-Maximin has four goals and seven assists to his name in 26 appearances this season. The former Nice man has been Newcastle’s standout player and it is no surprise that other teams are looking at him.
The Northern Echo recently claimed that Premier League giants Arsenal are interested in signing him this summer. Le10 Sport also credited the Gunners with an interest but claimed that Napoli are in the race too.
Italian outlet Calcio Napoli 24 caught up with Saint-Maximin’s brother, Kurtys, amid rumours over a move to Naples this summer. He claimed that it is too early for any discussions but hinted that if there was to be a transfer, it would be to a Champions League side.
He said: “The Blues (Napoli) are a good team, but I have never talked to them about a possible transfer of Allan Saint-Maximin. Even in the past, there have been no contacts.
“Of course, he likes Naples, it is a great club like Juventus, Inter and Milan are in Italy as well. I still don’t know his future, it is too early to talk about it but surely he will want to play as a starting player and participate in the Champions League.”
Newcastle fans shouldn’t worry just yet
That should scare Newcastle fans a little but the Magpies should be confident of holding on to him. Saint-Maximin still has five years left on his contract and, based on his performances, Steve Bruce’s side can demand a massive fee.
The current financial climate across Europe will prohibit teams from spending huge amounts of money, which improves Newcastle’s chances of keeping hold of him.
However, if he keeps improving, it will only be a matter of time before a big club comes calling, and the Magpies will find it difficult to convince him to stay, especially if the takeover doesn’t go through.