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Eintracht Frankfurt don’t expect star man Filip Kostic to leave for Newcastle United in the January transfer window, as reported by German publication Sport1

If things had worked out differently – or if it wasn’t for an incorrect email address if reports are to be believed – Kostic would be flying down the flank in the Italian capital these days. 

As it is, he remains a Frankfurt player. But for how long remains to be seen. 

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The Eagles have made a habit of selling star players in recent transfer windows. Andre Silva followed Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller and Real Madrid misfit Luka Jovic out the door.

And, if we’re honest, interest in Kostic is long overdue. 

Frankfurt will fight to keep Filip Kostic away from Newcastle – and others

The swashbuckling Serb has been one of the Bundesliga’s top performers for half a decade now – a one-man, assist-churning machine. Since the start of 2019/20, Kostic has set up a staggering 39 goals for his Frankfurt teammates and, while he’s not a prolific marksman himself, he did net the winner in a shock 2-1 win at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich recently. It was Frankfurt’s first win on FC Hollywood’s stage since 2000. 

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Earlier this week, BILD reported Kostic, who was valued at £35 million when linked to Crystal Palace last year, is one of three Bundesliga stars past and present on the radar of cash-rich Newcastle United – along with Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Bayern Munich’s soon to be free agent centre-half Niklas Sule. 

But is this merely speculation?  

Sport1 thinks so, claiming no-one at Frankfurt expects Kostic to swap the Commerzbank Arena for St James’ Park – or any other destination – in the January transfer window.

But then money talks.

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In other news, Newcastle reportedly want £15m Premier League star that Shearer said has 'many qualities' earlier this year