Allan Saint-Maximin is an attacker for Newcastle United, and Manchester United is reportedly mulling a late move for him. The 25-year-old has had a strong start to the new campaign.
As he recently contributed two assists in Sunday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City, the league’s defending champion. Saint-Maximin contributed significantly to Newcastle’s escape from the bottom division last season, scoring five goals and dishing out five assists in 35 games.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur of London were said to be interested in the French attacker earlier this summer. Man United, according to Media Foot, are reportedly keeping a close eye on Saint-Maximin and may consider testing Newcastle’s resolve with a last-minute offer.
According to the source, the Red Devils are aware that despite Saint-explosive Maximin’s profile, it will be difficult to convince him to leave St James’ Park given that he still has four years left on his contract.
Despite United’s interest, Saint-Maximin and midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, who has recently been linked to Real Madrid, are not up for sale, according to manager Eddie Howe.
At a news conference before Tuesday’s EFL Cup match against Tranmere Rovers, Howe was asked about Saint-future.
Allan Saint-Maximin to Man United this summer?
“Very similar answer to the one I gave about Bruno [Guimaraes].”
“We’re trying to build a squad, we’re trying to add competition for places. Certainly, we don’t want to weaken our team.”
Speaking to reporters about Saint-Maximin after the draw against Man City, Howe said:
“It was his best performance since I’ve been managing him. He got every aspect of his game in a very good place. His pace was there, you could see he was electric.”
“His decision-making with the ball was very good, he defended well, I thought he gave a great display. In that form, he gives us a totally different dimension to our team. It’s so important for us.”
“The challenge for Maxi is, ‘Can you bring that game every week, not just in flashes?’ That will dictate how good a season he has.”
Even if the Magpies are aiming to expand their alternatives in the final third, Saint-Maximin is still seen as a crucial offensive weapon at St James’ Park.
According to a recent source, they have a deal with Watford to sign forward Joao Pedro for about £30 million.
Prior to their 2-1 Premier League victory against Liverpool, Man United finished the acquisition of 30-year-old midfielder Casemiro on Monday night.
Erik ten Hag has Saint-Maximin as a target, but the Red Devils will concentrate on signing Ajax’s Antony and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo while holding onto the dream that they can sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
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