Sat 8 Jun 2024, 17:32 · Ash Harrison

Premier League rivals to net 20% of transfer fee should Newcastle land 'priority target' - Fabrizio Romano

Premier League rivals to net 20% of transfer fee should Newcastle land 'priority target' - Fabrizio Romano
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News broke today that Newcastle United have made a £16million bid for Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford.

The Magpies have been shopping around for goalkeepers for a few weeks now and while Aaron Ramsdale and Giorgi Maramardashvili's names have both been regular appearances in the news, it now appears that James Trafford has jumped to the top of the list.

The Daily Mail reported this morning that Newcastle had bid £16million for the 21-year-old England international, but it's expected to be turned down as Burnley want closer to £20million.

Now Fabrizio Romano has shared his information on the deal and while he believes that the report of a bid is accurate, he does stress that there's no agreement yet.


Manchester City will bag 20% of the transfer fee

Romano also notes that any deal would contain a 20% sell-on fee for Manchester City, which explains why Burnley will be playing hardball over the price.

"James Trafford, Newcastle current priority target as new goalkeeper.

"Ramsdale and Mamardashvili are also in the list but both too expensive as things stand.

"Talks with Burnley have started, as @CraigHope_DM reports; no agreement yet.

"Man City have 20% sell-on clause."

Trafford could be Newcastle's Number One for years to come

Even if Newcastle have to go the full £20million to land Trafford, it's still way below what we'd have to pay Arsenal or Valencia for Ramsdale or Mamardashvili respectively.

At 21 and already an England international, it's not as if we'd be getting a bad player, regardless of the online reaction to the initial bid.

Trafford was dropped by Vincent Kompany for Burnley's final 10 games of the season leading to their relegation, which may well have knocked the lad's confidence, but getting a move to Newcastle to be an understudy for NIck Pope for a season or two before taking over the Number One spot, could push him on to the next level.