The Premier League transfer speculation round-up for Friday starts with an update on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Federico Chiesa, an attacker for Juventus. The Italian international has previously been connected to the Magpies, but it appears that they will intensify their pursuit of him as TuttoJuve reports that they are “willing to offer” more than £52 million to entice him to St. James’ Park in January.
In an attempt to get the 26-year-old into the Premier League before the end of the winter window, it is rumored that Newcastle is prepared to outbid both Arsenal and Chelsea. The Turin contract for Chiesa is scheduled to end in 2025.
Tottenham consider Godfrey swoop
The 3 AM Decision: This has two aspects to it. To begin with, would Newcastle United benefit from signing Chiesa? Given his great talent and potential worldwide, the answer is most likely a loud “yes.” Indeed, you could possibly even argue that Chiesa would be a wise addition for almost everyone. Second, and maybe more crucially, would the Magpies need to sign Chiesa? Probably not, though. Eddie Howe has plenty of alternatives on the wings, but since the offensive line and the heart of defense are more obviously critical areas, one could argue that the £52 million that was previously indicated would have been better used elsewhere.
Tottenham is reportedly thinking about making a January bid on Everton defender Ben Godfrey. Spurs have reportedly been “admirers” of the 25-year-old for some time, and they may try to eject him from Goodison Park this winter in order to make room for summer signing Micky van de Ven. This information comes from a story from 90min.
Newcastle is also keeping an eye on his circumstances as well. Under Toffees manager Sean Dyche, Godfrey has reportedly dropped down the Merseyside hierarchy. This season, the two-cap England international has only played one minute of Premier League football.
The 3AM Verdict: It would be incredibly prudent for all parties involved if Tottenham signed Godfrey in January. The midfielder, who is reportedly having trouble getting playing time at Everton, could certainly need a new beginning somewhere, and Tottenham, given the recent hamstring injury suffered by the aforementioned Van van Ven, could certainly use more defensive support.
And lastly, in an attempt to raise the money necessary to acquire Brentford striker Ivan Toney, Arsenal may be prepared to part with a number of first team players. The Gunners and Chelsea are apparently vying for the center-forward, who is in high demand. The winning bid may potentially cost up to £80 million.
According to the Daily Express, Mikel Arteta’s team may stage a sort of exodus in order to raise that kind of money; Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey, Aaron Ramsdale, and Emile Smith Rowe are all rumored to be possible exit candidates.
The 3AM Verdict: Smith Rowe, Ramsdale, and even Partey to a certain extent seem like reasonably plausible purchases for Arsenal, but it is hard to picture a team so devoid of pure strike alternatives readily giving up one of the few they do have in order to acquire another. By the end of January, Toney might already be an Arsenal player, but Nketiah most likely will be as well.