Newcastle United will reportedly have to pay up a sum of €18 million if they wish to sign Jordan Veretout from AS Roma in the summer.
According to Corriere della Sera Roma, as relayed by Sport Witness, AS Roma have set an asking price of €18 million on midfielder Jordan Veretout, who is a summer transfer target for Newcastle United.
Veretout came through the ranks at French club Nantes and spent time at Aston Villa and Saint-Etienne before making his way to Italy in 2017 when he signed for Fiorentina. After two years with the Viola, the French ace joined Roma in 2019, initially on loan, before making the switch permanent in the summer of 2020.
Veretout has made 120 appearances for the Giallorossi, scoring 22 goals and setting up 15 more. The midfielder has performed well whenever called upon and has a tally of four goals and nine assists in 39 matches this term. However, the arrival of Sergio Oliveira on loan in January has negatively impacted his game-time in Rome.
With Jose Mourinho’s side wanting to sign the Portuguese international on a permanent deal, Veretout will be allowed to leave Stadio Olimpico in the upcoming summer transfer window. And Newcastle have emerged as one of the suitors for the 29-year-old midfielder.
Newcastle are gearing up for a big summer transfer window with safety in the Premier League almost secured. The Tyneside outfit will invest heavily to build a team capable of pushing for European football. Midfield is an area where they could look to add more quality to support Jonjo Shelvey and Bruno Guimaraes.
Joelinton has performed well since moving into the middle of the park, but Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock have not been consistent enough this season. Adding another quality operator with volumes of experience would thus be a smart move for the Magpies, making Veretout a viable target.
Earlier reports had indicated that Roma would demand at least €20 million for their midfielder. However, as per the latest update, it seems like the Giallorossi will be settling for a lower fee of €18 million to offload Veretout before the next season. Given the deep pockets of their new owners, that sum should not be an issue at all for Newcastle.
It remains to be seen whether the Tyneside outfit can land the Frenchman, especially considering that there is interest from Marseille and Napoli.