Newcastle rush to snatch Man City target as personal terms agreed with Robin Gosens


Newcastle United have agreed personal terms with Manchester City target Robin Gosens, according to a report.

Gosens is an exciting German international who currently represents Atalanta in Serie A. He operates either as a left-back or a left midfielder.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant season in 2020-21, registering 11 goals and six assists in 32 league appearances. He also made seven Champions League outings, scoring once, before Atalanta’s round of 16 loss to Real Madrid.

Gosens has taken this form for Euro 2020 and produced an outstanding performance in the 4-2 win over Portugal, registering one goal and two assists.

City have apparently been battling Europe’s elite clubs for his signature. But Newcastle are now leading the transfer race.

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Goal, who cite Sky Italy, claim the Magpies are moving forward in talks to sign Gosens. They have agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the wide man which will see him earn €3.5m (£2.9m) per season.

Gosens will see his salary triple if he swaps Atalanta for Eddie Howe’s side. However, there are still two potential stumbling blocks in Newcastle’s way.

First, they will have to respect the price asked by the player. It is valued at £31.5million per transfer market, although the Magpies should be able to match that fee thanks to their big takeover.

The second is Gosens’ physical condition. He’s been out since October with a hamstring injury, causing him to miss 14 Serie A games so far.

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This is obviously a concern for the Tyneside club. They are waiting for Gosens to recover before submitting an official offer to Atalanta. If his rehabilitation takes longer than expected, the January move will have to be pushed back to the summer.

Gosens has made 157 appearances for Atalanta since joining Dutch club Heracles Almelo in 2017. He helped the Italian side to a top four regulars.

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Chris Wood is ‘desperate’ to sign Newcastle

Meanwhile, Newcastle have learned that their Chris Wood’s capture smacks of desperation.

Wood left Burnley to join the Magpies on Thursday after his £25m release clause was met. Newcastle discovered the clause when they signed Kieran Trippier, as the pair have the same agent.

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But former Leeds defender Danny Mills believes it demonstrates a lack of ambition.

“I think Wood is a desperate signing, that’s the only way I can see it,” he said Football Insider. “They looked at it and thought ‘We have to get goals somewhere, how are we going to do that?’

“Playing expansive football won’t work, they’re going to get beat up. It could be a change of tactics, putting the ball out of the way and into the box for Wood.

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