As per Sky Sports, Newcastle are demanding a fee of around £11-£12m from Bayern Munich over the sale of Kieran Trippier.
The German giants are said to have made an initial approach to both parties and talks over a deal are currently ongoing, after they already had a loan bid rejected for The Englishman last week.
However, with some Bayern bosses remaining unconvinced over the signing, they are unwilling to spend ‘too much’ on the 33-year-old, even though Newcastle’s asking price still applies for an initial loan move with an obligation to buy at the end – which would enable the permanent move to take place this summer.
As for Trippier himself, the right-back back is keen on a move to Munich, however is not ‘agitating’ to move, as per Chris Waugh and George Caulkin of The Athletic.
Furthermore, despite being open to lucrative sales due to to being close to their financial limits in the Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations, Newcastle, and head coach Eddie Howe in particular, do not want the England international to depart this January.
The former Tottenham and Atlético Madrid defender has been a pivotal figure for Howe throughout his tenure at the club, playing the most minutes in all competitions last season, and third most this season – where he’s made eight league assists and captained the side on multiple occasions throughout their Champions League run.
Despite this, both Trippier and Newcastle have struggled with form amidst multiple key injuries in recent weeks – losing six of their previous seven league games as they now sit 10th the table.
Meanwhile, Bayern are also in a difficult period following their 1-0 home defeat to Werder Bremen on Sunday afternoon; a result that puts them seven points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen – albeit with a game in hand on Xabi Alonso’s side, which will take place this Wednesday 24th January against Union Berlin.
As such, having already brought in Eric Dier from Tottenham, Thomas Tuchel’s side are looking for reinforcements this transfer window, and are now deciding between a move for Trippier or Paris Saint-Germain’s Nordi Mukiele – who has also held talks with the Bundesliga side in recent weeks.
Travis Levison | Get Football