Ashworth Transfer Saga: Red Devils to swap player with the Magpies?


Keith Wyness, a football executive, has claimed that Manchester United and Newcastle will be settling over Dan Ashworth move. The Scotsman has claimed that the move could be finalized in the form of a player swap deal. Newcastle are asking for a £20 million compensation fee for Ashworth. However, Man United feel that the valuation is a bit over-the-top. The Magpies won’t give in to the Red Devils easily without having found a replacement first.

Manchester United and Newcastle will settle: Wyness

Wyness has taken a hit at Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS over negotiating Ashworth’s move with the Magpies. He told in a podcast:

“At some stage, one side will blink and they’ll be in a room together – and they’ll hammer it out. It happens all the time in football. I can’t see why this is such a sticking point. Someone has to give, and someone has to take. That’s how the two clubs are going to get there.

It could happen as part of something bigger, a player swap deal between the two clubs, possibly. It’s not abnormal to find a way around this problem, but Jim Ratcliffe is a newcomer. He’s got to get this done, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done more quickly.”

What will be the Outcome?

Since both teams are reluctant to agree on a compensation fee, a swap deal could materialize. United could consider Anthony Martial or Donny van de Beek as part of the deal. But, the Red Devils will have to be wary that they choose a player the Magpies are actually interested in. Additionally, the player also has to be open to the move.

Needless to say that Erik Ten Hag may choose to endorse the swapped player from Newcastle. Considering the complications, a traditional transfer fee agreement would benefit both sides. However, they will have to agree upon the compensation fee.

Will the Magpies lower their asking price or will United spend big over Ashworth? More to find out as the summer transfer window unfolds.

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