Thu 6 Jun 2024, 19:30 · Ash Harrison

Reasons for Tosin Adarabioyo's Newcastle snub nothing to do with money - journalist

Reasons for Tosin Adarabioyo's Newcastle snub nothing to do with money - journalist
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Newcastle United narrowly missed out on centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo after the 26-year-old rejected the Magpies to sign for Chelsea when his Fulham contract expires.

Many reports had Newcastle pretty much nailed on as Adarabioyo's next destination when his Fulham contract is up at the end of this month.

However, Chelsea came in with a late offer which turned his head and the former Manchester City man opted to join the Blues.

Naturally, Newcastle fans were a bit miffed and put it down to case of another player choosing to go with the money over the football.

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Enzo Maresca was a big reason behind Tosin Adarabioyo's decison

It was more about location than money

Now though, Jacque Talbot writing for Football Transfers has claimed that in terms of the money, there wasn't much to choose between the two offers.

Newcastle reportedly offered Tosin £130,000-a-week while Chelsea's offer was £135,000-a-week, now given that signing for Chelsea means he will stay in London paying London prices for things, ours is actually the better deal.

However, it's the London of it all that was the crux of the issue as we suspected with Talbot claiming that staying in the Capital was a big reason for his decision.

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Tosin Adarabioyo and Enzo Maresca have history

Added to that is the fact that Adarabioyo is already familiar with new Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca from their time together and Manchester City and it does make sense.

It was a blow to Newcastle, particularly because now Newcastle will likely have to portion off some of their transfer budget to buy another defender after losing out on a free agent unless they can find another one to replace Tosin.

There has been talk of Newcastle possibly being interested in Atletico Madrid's Mario Hermoso who will be out of contract at the end of the month, but there's a feeling that Aston Villa will win that particular transfer tussle.