Newcastle United may be provided with the chance to resign Nabil Bentaleb in a bargain deal during the January transfer window.
Bentaleb spent the second half of last season on loan with the Magpies, with Schalke shipping him out to get his wages off of their books.
They had hoped to send him back to St James Park on a permanent deal in the summer, and there were negotiations over that happeninging, but ultimately Newcastle could not reach an agreement with the Bundesliga side.
It seems, though, they will be given a second roll of the dice with a crisis at the German club meaning Bentaleb could be available on the cheap.
Kicker report that the club underwent a ‘turbulent’ day yesterday that saw technical director Michael Reschke removed from his position.
The drama continued in the evening though, with Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit told to train on their own until further notice.
Harit may still have a future at the club, but that does not look to be the case for Bentaleb, who club chief Jochen Schneider says is ‘undisputedly an excellent footballer’, but that ‘Schalke and Nabil Bentaleb do not go together’.
He adds that ‘by summer 2021 at the latest they will separate paths’, making it clear that he is desperate to get rid of him as soon as possible.
Thus, Newcastle have the perfect opportunity to swoop in January and secure themselves a bargain deal for a player who they are clearly keen on.
Of course, there’s every chance their interest has dwindled since the summer, but we’re sure that the chance of a cheap deal will entice those in charge at the club.