According to the Mirror, Newcastle United are open to matching Arsenal’s supposed £15 million valuation of Kieran Gibbs.
The England international, who made his debut for the Gunners nearly a decade ago, has one year left to run on his current deal and looks a likely contender to leave the Emirates this summer.
As back up to Nacho Monreal, the 27-year-old made 22 appearances during the last campaign – his fewest since 2011/12.
What’s more, with Arsenal on the verge of announcing the free signing of Schalke’s Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac and with Cohen Bramall – the January signing from non-league Hednesford – also waiting in the wings, Arsene Wenger looks well covered at left-back.
Arseblog News is a little surprised by the £15 million fee that has been mentioned, but then again there’s always a premium for English players in the prime of their career. Whether Newcastle, or any other club for that matter, are willing to go that high remains to be seen…but it does look likely he’ll be part of a clear out.
Yesterday, Yaya Sanogo confirmed he’d be leaving the club. Other likely candidates to leave include Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell (all out of contract in 2018) and David Ospina. Question marks remain over the futures of Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere, while the club is still trying to persuade Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay. The latter appears to be leaning towards a new deal at the Emirates.
So…to the poo-o-meter. Gibbs to leave, quite possibly. To Newcastle, not so sure.