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Fabrizio Romano confirms Newcastle’s long-term target is to join Juventus for just £17m

Fabrizio Romano confirms Newcastle’s long-term target is to join Juventus for just £17m

Former Newcastle United transfer target Khephren Thuram is finally on the move after more than a year of speculation.

The French midfielder is finally leaving OGC Nice, after it was reported in May that a move away from the Ligue 1 club was likely.

But there was no interest from Newcastle United, despite Toon chiefs being long-time admirers of Khephren Thuram.

He was a target for the Magpies last summer and was seen as an alternative to Sandro Tonali, who became Newcastle’s second most expensive signing when he arrived for £55m.

Thuram was also considered in January when Eddie Howe was severely short of midfield options. However, Newcastle opted not to make a move, deciding it was too much of a risk to spend on a player from Europe and expect him to make an immediate impact.

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Khephren Thuram set to sign for Juventus

The Frenchman, who was also a target for Liverpool last summer, is expected to be sold by Nice ahead of the new season and a deal is now “imminent”.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reached out to X to provide details about Juventus having reached an agreement to sign Thuram from the French side.

He wrote on X: “Juventus are closing in on a deal to sign Khephren Thuram! OGC Nice have received a final offer worth €20m as a fixed fee. Total potential package worth €24/25m, add-on structure being negotiated but green light expected soon. Personal terms already agreed, deal imminent.”

Newcastle United don’t need a midfielder like Thuram this summer

With Thuram set to move clubs for an initial fee of around £17m, Juventus are getting a bargain. In contrast, the 23-year-old has been valued at over £50m.

Newcastle had the chance to complete a deal and reignite their interest in Thuram, but there has been no talk of a move for the son of World Cup winner Lilian Thuram to St James’ Park.

That’s because Eddie Howe is well stocked in midfield – even though Elliot Anderson has just left the club to sign for Nottingham Forest. The academy graduate joined Forest for £35m in a deal that helped Newcastle meet the PSR.

Following his departure, Newcastle have six veteran midfielders heading into the 2024/25 season. That’s more than enough, especially as one of them is Sandro Tonali, who is returning and is nearing the end of his 10-month ban for betting.

The Magpies have plenty of depth in midfield and are planning to invest in other positions such as right wing and centre back. There is no need for a player like Thuram, despite how immensely talented he is.

It will be interesting to see how he fares in the black and white of Juventus and if he does well, perhaps Toon bosses will regret not signing him to play in the black and white of Newcastle United.

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