Sat 18 May 2024, 12:33 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle could sell £17m-rated wonderkid to offset Financial Fair Play 'trouble' - Journalist

Newcastle could sell £17m-rated wonderkid to offset Financial Fair Play 'trouble' - Journalist
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Financial Fair Play is already threatening to spoil Newcastle United's summer as the sale of a popular youngster has now been mooted.

Even though he's yet to even train with Newcastle, let alone play for them a year after signing for the club, Newcastle could be forced to sell 19-year-old Yankuba Minteh this summer in order to get out of FFP trouble.

This is according to Dutch journalist Martijn Krabbendam who told the Dick Voormekaar Podcast Extra (via Sport Witness) that the Magpies could be looking to sell Minteh already after his value has dramatically risen thanks to a successful season on loan at Feyenoord.

He also suggested that should Newcastle opt to sell Minteh, that would likely rule out his return to Feyenoord as they wouldn't be able to afford a permanent switch.

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Minteh has been superb for Feyenoord this season

Newcastle could look to sell Minteh to alleviate FFP pressure

Newcastle paid OB Odense somewhere between £5m-£7million for Minteh last summer depending on which source you get your figures from. He was immediately loaned to Feyenoord where he had an exceptional season under Arne Slot with the Dutch side keen to loan him again next season despite Slot's reported imminent departure for Liverpool.

Martijn Krabbendam, however, sees a very different future for Minteh.

“Newcastle United is having a bit of trouble with financial fair play rules, I heard this week. They might consider selling Minteh.

“Then Feyenoord has no chance. They just can’t afford that. He is worth more than €20m (£17million). That’s going to be some work to replace him."

We're not having it

We have to be honest, that just sounds like Krabbendam putting two and two together and getting 18.

Our issues with FFP are nothing new but the idea of selling someone with Minteh's potential before he's even kicked a ball for us is ludicrous. There are plenty of other players the club will look to move on first before turning their attention to players with such bright futures.

This one just reeks of pure nonsense and we're not buying it for a second.