Newcastle to reject opportunity for Man Utd raid, as trusted source explains why Liverpool target is preferred

Jadon Sancho and Scott McTominay of Man Utd Credit: Alamy
Jadon Sancho and Scott McTominay of Man Utd Credit: Alamy

Newcastle are unlikely to sign a player from Manchester United in 2023 as they would rather bring in a Liverpool-linked star, according to a report.

Several Man Utd players have been tipped to join Newcastle since the Magpies’ big-money takeover in 2021. In October last year, Newcastle were reported to be ‘keeping tabs’ on Luke Shaw ahead of a potential move for the left-back.

That came after Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag opted to go with new signing Tyrell Malacia on the left side of defence, leaving Shaw out of the starting eleven.

Shaw has since turned things around, however. He has managed a full 90 minutes in each of Man Utd’s last four Premier League games and even got on the scoresheet in the recent 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Donny van de Beek is another Red Devils man who has emerged on Newcastle’s radar in the last 12 months. During the 2022 January transfer window, Eddie Howe’s side attempted to sign the midfielder on loan.

However, he rejected Newcastle’s advances as he did not want to be involved in a relegation battle.

Unfortunately for Van De Beek, he has only managed a few substitute appearances for the most part this season, with starts hard to come by. And he could now be out for a long period after suffering a knee injury against Bournemouth.

Shaw and Van De Beek have been joined by Scott McTominay in being linked with Newcastle.

Newcastle to snub Scott McTominay chance

Several reports have predicted the Magpies to make a move for the Scot. He could be a good addition to Howe’s midfield given his knowledge of playing at the top level.

And McTominay might be attracted by the potential to join Newcastle’s project. After all, they are competing for Champions League qualification, while he is currently out of the Man Utd side due to Casemiro.

But according to trusted source The Athletic, McTominay is unlikely to swap Old Trafford for St James’ Park any time soon.

Newcastle are keeping tabs on his situation, though he is not high on their list of potential midfield signings.

The main reason for this is McTominay’s age. At 26, he is older than most of the top players Newcastle have signed. Just look at Alexander Isak (23), Bruno Guimaraes (25) and Sven Botman (22).

Magpies want younger players to join project

Newcastle are prioritising deals for younger players with bags of potential, rather than expensive stars who are near to, or in, their prime.

As such, Newcastle will probably the reject the chance to land McTominay from Man Utd. But they do have an exciting Premier League midfield alternative in their sights.

The Tyneside club like the look of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo. He will likely cost £70m, though Newcastle do have the money to pay this fee.

The only trouble for them is that Liverpool also want to sign Caicedo. He would be a perfect solution to the Reds’ midfield problems, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago both the wrong side of 30.

Therefore, there could be a battle looming between Newcastle and Liverpool for Caicedo’s services.

And it seems the 21-year-old is getting ready for a potential transfer, too. On Thursday, Fabrizio Romano revealed Caicedo had changed agents. His new representatives are tasked with sorting out his next big money move, which could happen in the summer.

It is slightly harsh for Newcastle not to consider McTominay due to his age. At 26, he still has plenty of years in the tank, and at the top level too.

But few can blame Newcastle for preferring Caicedo to McTominay. Caicedo has a higher ceiling, having been hugely impressive for Brighton in the last year. And at 21, he has plenty of time to emerge into a top-class Premier League midfielder.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have begun talks over the signing of a La Liga star destined for a big move, according to reports.

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