Newcastle are unsure about signing ‘special’ £60m playmaker this summer

Newcastle United want to sign a player like Dominik Szoboszlai this summer – but it remains unclear whether the real thing will arrive at St James’ Park.

Szoboszlai has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside in recent months, and was even described as the club’s top target heading into the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that Newcastle are planning to make their opening move for the 22-year-old soon, with RB Leipzig resigned to losing the Hungarian playmaker.

However, the Bundesliga club will only sell Szoboszlai if someone activates his £60million release clause – and that is where the problem lies for Newcastle United.

Newcastle undecided about paying Dominik Szoboszlai release clause
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle remain unsure about paying Szoboszlai’s release clause to bring him to St James’ Park.

If the Toon owners do decide to activate it, it would mean making the ‘special‘ midfielder the club’s second most expensive signing ever. The most expensive is Alexander Isak, who arrived for £63million in August 2022.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 3: Dominik Szoboszlai of RB Leipzig celebrates with the trophy after winning the DFB Cup final match between RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympiastadion on June 3, 2023 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He has proven to be a revelation in black and white, drawing comparisons to Premier League legend Thierry Henry. Newcastle would hope Szoboszlai has a similar impact – especially if they decide to spend £60million on him.

But the Magpies do have other targets who play a similar role. The biggest name is James Maddison, who has been linked with a move to Tyneside since last summer.

James Maddison interest could influence Newcastle decision
The Leicester City ace is one of Eddie Howe’s top targets, and could be available for between £40million and £50million. He would be cheaper than Szoboszlai, but wages and the fact he is four years older must also be taken into consideration.

It is difficult to envision Newcastle signing both Maddison and Szoboszlai, which explains why the club are currently reluctant to activate the Leipzig star’s release clause.

Perhaps Newcastle’s decision will be clearer once they discover what Maddison intends to do this summer.