After the success of initial talks, Crystal Palace will now formally make their offer which will trigger the release clause for Andros Townsend.
Sky Sports’ man in the north east Keith Downie says that the Newcastle winger wants Premier League football after getting his first taste of regular first team football for a couple of years with Newcastle, plus they understand that Palace have agreed to pay a release figure which is £13m.
This figure is slightly higher than the amounts previously claimed to be the release figure but common sense suggests that with Newcastle United reported to have paid around £12m/£13m in January, the agreed release figure is almost certainly whatever fee Newcastle paid five months ago.
Anything around that figure looks a real bargain for Crystal Palace, especially when you compare it to the £34m Liverpool are paying for Sadio Mane.
With the transfer market looking sure to go very crazy this summer, Andros Townsend could well be one of the bargains of this window if he pushes through with this move.
Tuesday had brought reports of three intended Palace signings, with Marseille pair Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda also in their sights. A fee of £32m claimed to have been agreed with Marseille for former Newcastle target Batshuayi, another price tag that reinforces just what kind of prices in demand players are set to go for.
In early June Andros Townsend was said to have met Rafa Benitez for talks and an offer of a new improved contract had been made, in return for the removal of the transfer trigger clause. After reports that those talks had gone well, we have heard nothing more.
Easily Newcastle’s most creative player, Andros Townsend has only talked positively about staying on for the upcoming Championship season but we wait to see what happens.
Pessimists would think that the very fact this trigger clause was inserted in the first place, means that thoughts of leaving if relegation happened were already in the player’s mind.
I must admit I thought Andros Townsend was going to be staying and you can only hope that he will see the positives of what could happen under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.