'Would drive him there': Journalist suggests club are now desperate to sell their £40m player to Chelsea
Journalist Dean Jones has claimed to GiveMeSport Chelsea are Newcastle’s preferred suitors for Allan Saint-Maximin this summer.
Despite having new owners and a regular stream of impressive signings, rumours that their star attacker could be surplus to requirements for around £40m have failed to gone away.
Chelsea meanwhile are looking to continue to strengthen their frontline, adding to the acquisition of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
It has been reported that this is seen as a priority for the Blues, with a new addition up front the key in allowing wantaway Timo Werner the opportunity to leave Stamford Bridge.
Jones has claimed Saint-Maximin could be the man they turn to, and believes the Magpies would jump at the chance to do business with the club and their new owners.
Newcastle want Chelsea to sign Saint-Maximin
He said: “Saint-Maximin, Newcastle would drive him there, to be honest. I mean, they are looking for a buyer for Saint-Maximin, and if it was Chelsea, their eyes would light up and they would be very keen to get every penny they possibly could out of him.
“I know Tottenham have been linked to Saint-Maximin, too. Newcastle don’t see him as part of their future project.”
The Frenchman has proven to be key in attacks at St. James’ Park over the last two seasons, with his individual quality on the ball shining through, especially in times where the club were struggling more.
However, Chelsea fans will point to his goal record at this level over the last two seasons as a potential reason to steer clear of the transfer.
With the club already littered with forwards who fail to provide the necessary goals to a team fighting for the league title, there will be fears It is set to be more of the same with the Newcastle man, despite the entertainment factor he may bring.