The Saudi Arabia’s Pro League continues to make waves in the European football scene. The latest buzz suggests that they have set their sights on Newcastle United defender, Jamaal Lascelles. This news comes as part of a recent report from TEAMtalk.
Lascelles is reportedly being considered to join Yannick Carrasco at Al-Shabab. The move would mark another significant acquisition for the cash-rich league which has been actively recruiting talent from Europe.
With his contract with St. James’ Park due to expire next year, this could be Newcastle United’s last opportunity to gain a transfer fee for the centre-back. However, it remains uncertain whether such a deal will materialize within the closing days of the Saudi transfer window.
Potential impact on Newcastle United
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe faces a challenging decision, given he is working with a relatively modest squad while preparing for an upcoming season featuring Champions League football. It raises questions about whether he would allow his team leader to leave under these circumstances.
Moreover, if Lascelles were to depart now, any potential replacement wouldn’t arrive until January when the next transfer window opens. Such timing could potentially disrupt Howe’s plans and strategies for the forthcoming season.
Currently valued at £4.5 million (TM), even if Howe did sanction Lascelles’ sale, many fans might argue that the potential reward does not outweigh the risk of losing a senior player at this stage of the season. As such, all eyes are now on how this situation unfolds in light of these considerations.