While they are linked with almost everyone with a reputable name these days, Newcastle United aren’t necessarily all about forcibly spending potential newfound money.
As rumours surrounding their takeover continue, the Magpies are also on the lookout for good deals, which is a category their reported interest in Arnaud Lusamba falls into.
The OGC Nice midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and his situation has attracted a decent amount of interest, including that of both Newcastle and Leicester City in the Premier League.
Soccer Link in France are the ones reporting the information this week, claiming the 23-year-old’s entourage has not only been contacted by the Tyneside club and the Foxes, but also by Bordeaux, Werder Bremen, Strasbourg and Lyon.
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En fin de contrat cet été, Arnaud Lusamba (25 ans – Milieu de terrain – Nice) attire de nombreux clubs. Leicester, Newcastle, le Werder de Brême, Bordeaux, Strasbourg et Lyon ont déjà contacté son entourage pour une signature estivale. ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/x9heNeix14
— Soccer Link (@SoccerLink_) May 28, 2020
Little other information is given beyond this, and a lot could depend on where Lusamba sees his career continuing.
Starting off as a professional with AS Nancy, the former France U19 international moved to Nice back in 2016, signing the five-year contract currently in danger of expiring.
He was a rotation option for Patrick Vieira this season, making 15 appearances in the league, scoring one goal and assisting another two.
Seeing as he is available on a free, it’s natural to see clubs like Newcastle and Leicester circling, especially when you take into consideration their prior deals involving players in Ligue 1.