The Premier League giants gear up to make their moves in the final week of the January transfer market, eager to bolster their offensive firepower. Meanwhile, other English clubs are making efforts to offload some of their players to balance their books by Financial Fair Play regulations through sales.
The top Premier League clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United, are actively in search of a clinical scorer this month. Interestingly, Newcastle United has made their English striker, Callum Wilson, available in the January window, even though he is currently under contract. This move is prompted by Wilson’s ongoing struggle with injuries at St. James’ Park.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United are all monitoring Callum Wilson
Currently, Newcastle United is in 10th place in the League and experienced an early exit from the UEFA Champions League group stage, following a final matchday defeat to AC Milan. This season has been a disappointment for the club, with twice as many losses already as they experienced in the entire league season last year.
In addition, the Magpies’ financial struggles are mounting due to Financial Fair Play regulations, having spent nearly £400 million since the takeover by the new Saudi-based owners, Public Investment Fund, in 2021. In order to comply with FFP regulations and navigate their financial situation, there’s a possibility they may be compelled to sell some players from the team.
According to The Standard, Newcastle have notified their league rivals about the availability of their striker, Callum Wilson, at a reduced price of £18 million in January. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, all aware of his availability, could consider him as a temporary solution for their goal-scoring needs upfront.
Moreover, their right-back, Kieran Trippier, is also on the radar of Bayern Munich, who are keen to sign the defender. However, Newcastle have no plans to sell him this month. Chelsea and Arsenal are searching for an experienced striker to strengthen their squads.
The Blues consider Napoli star Victor Osimhen, who is valued at €130 million, as a primary target for the summer, but they might opt for Callum Wilson as a short-term solution.
Is Callum Wilson going to leave Newcastle?
Callum Wilson joined Newcastle United at St. James’ Park from AFC Bournemouth in September 2020, signing a five-year deal in a £20 million transfer. Until now, he has scored 46 goals and provided 11 assists in a total of 102 appearances for the Toon Army.
Given his injury-prone status and declining form, the 31-year-old Callum Wilson is now considered a sellable asset for Newcastle United. Acting as a backup striker behind the first-choice Alexander Isak, and with Financial Fair Play constraints in mind, the club has been compelled to place Wilson on the market during the January transfer window.
Earlier, the club had even considered potential replacements due to Callum Wilson’s extended absences caused by injuries. He has managed only 20 appearances, contributing to 10 goals this term, while missing the majority of matches due to a variety of injury struggles.