‘Slight amendment’: Journalist shares how much Newcastle are really paying to sign Harvey Barnes
Newcastle United will finally get their man as Leicester agree to a fee for winger Harvey Barnes.
Reports came out last night that Newcastle and Leicester had finally agreed a fee for 25-year-old Harvey Barnes after discussions had been going on for the last couple of weeks.
Personal terms between Barnes and Newcastle were never thought to be an issue so it all came down to agreeing the fee with Leicester who were adamant they wanted £40million for the once capped England man.
Newcastle will finally get their man after agreeing a fee with Leicester
Newcastle believed his true value was closer to £30million which is why the negotiations dragged, but last night The Athletic confirmed that an agreement had been reached in the region of £38million plus add-ons.
However, late last night transfer journalist Ben Jacobs tweeted that he believed the fee to be different saying: “Slight amendment here. I actually understand the Barnes fee is £40m with add-ons on top.”
It looks like Leicester got their wish while Newcastle get their man as they agreed the deal for Barnes.
The impending Allan Saint-Maximin deal paved the way for Barnes
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that this deal accelerated in the wake of Allan Saint-Maximin‘s proposed move to Al Ahli both in terms of needing a replacement but more so with the fact that Newcastle will now have room to breathe with regards to Financial Fair Play once the Saint-Maximin deal is done.
Barnes will now go through a medical and all the admin and should fly out to the United States to link up with Eddie Howe and his new team mates for the Premier League Summer Series where we will hopefully get out first look at him in action.
The Barnes deal has been met with some skepticism in the Newcastle fanbase despite his outstanding stats for Leicester, but I’m sure even those who question his ability will get right behind him and I’m even more sure that Barnes will soon win them over when he’s putting the ball on a plate for Callum Wilson week-in-week-out.