Ligue 1 side Angers insist Crystal Palace and Newcastle United target Angelo Fulgini won’t “leave for less than €15 million (£13 million)”, speaking to Ouest France.
Now, the Tyneside faithful could be forgiven for assuming we can draw a line under this one, another transfer target too expensive for a Newcastle side that appears to have approached the transfer market with all the enthusiasm of an eight-year old dragged into Clarks for a new pair of school shoes.
Newcastle haven’t spent a single penny so far.
And if Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste was too expensive at £13 million, you’d imagine the same could be said about one of Ligue 1’s most talented playmakers.
“I said it before and I will say it again: Angelo Fulgini will not leave for less than €15 million. The addition of bonuses doesn’t change this minimum sum. It will be €15 million plus possible bonuses,” explains Angers president Said Chabane.
Chabane did admit Fulgini, who produced ten goals and four assists in 36 games last season, was closing in on a move, although he was reluctant to name the clubs in contention for his signature.
“Discussions have accelerated and things could move quickly.”
Will Crystal Palace beat Newcastle to Angelo Fulgini?
We can only assume the balletic, technically gifted attacking midfielder caught the eye of Patrick Vieira during his time in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nice.
Excellent on the ball and with plenty of time on his side, Fulgini would tick a lot of boxes for Vieira as the new Palace boss looks to build an exciting, up-and-coming side capable of dominating possession from the first minute to the last.
Crystal Palace missed out on Adam Armstrong to Southampton this week but do appear to be closing in on a former Inter Milan forward.
And Palace suddenly have a lot more money to spend after new principal shareholder, John Textor, invested £87.5 million in the club for his stake.