Ongoing negotiations persist between Newcastle and Leicester as they deliberate the potential transfer of Harvey Barnes, with the Magpies contemplating an initial offer in the vicinity of £30 million.
Barnes, who found the net 13 times for the relegated Foxes last season, remains Newcastle’s top priority for a wide attacking position. He has also made an appearance for the England national team. According to Transfermarkt.com, his current market value stands at €35 million.
At 25 years old, Barnes possesses two years remaining on his contract and holds a valuation nearing £40 million—a figure that mirrors the fee Leicester garnered from Tottenham for James Maddison earlier in the summer transfer window.
While Aston Villa and West Ham expressed interest in Barnes, Newcastle has always been his primary choice, mainly due to the enticing prospect of participating in the Champions League during the upcoming season.
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The winger has demonstrated his mettle at the highest level, playing a pivotal role in Leicester’s fifth-place finishes in 2020 and 2021, as well as their triumph in the FA Cup in 2021 and their subsequent journey to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League a year later.
Furthermore, Manchester United, Tottenham, and West Ham United have all displayed keenness in acquiring the services of the attacking winger.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.