Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim. The reported £40million fee tops the £21million the Magpies paid for Miguel Almiron in January.
Here, PA looks at Newcastle’s most expensive players.
Joelinton (from Hoffenheim, £40million, 2019)
The 22-year-old has agreed a six-year deal at St James’ Park after scoring 11 goals in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season and is new manager Steve Bruce’s first signing.
Joelinton has been capped at under-17 level by Brazil and has been in Germany since 2015, as well as making an impression on loan at Rapid Vienna.
Miguel Almiron (from Atlanta United, £21million, 2019)
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder joined Rafael Benitez’s side in January, but his introduction to the side was hampered by injury and the Paraguay international made just 10 appearances before the end of his first season.
Almiron will hope to hit the ground running in his first full campaign at St James’ Park.
Michael Owen (Real Madrid, £16million, 2005)
Newcastle pulled off a coup to land the England striker despite interest from his former club Liverpool, whom he had left the previous year. Owen scored only 26 league goals for the club during an injury-plagued four-year spell.
Alan Shearer (Blackburn, £15million, 1996)
Shearer was already a Premier League and international star when he fulfilled his boyhood dream by joining hometown Newcastle in a then club record deal. He went on to score a club record 206 goals in 405 appearances.
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven, £14.5million, 2016)
The Dutch midfielder made a positive impression in his only season at St James’ Park, playing in all 38 Premier League games and scoring 11 goals before Liverpool snapped him up for £25million.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht, £14million, 2015)
Newcastle landed the talented Serbia striker on a five-year deal but he impressed only in flashes and struggled to hold down a regular place before joining Fulham on loan in January 2018. That move was later made permanent.
Florian Thauvin (Marseille, £13million, 2015)
The French winger came highly rated but he proved a big flop for Steve McClaren, with his brief spell at Newcastle best remembered for the games he arrived at wearing a tuxedo. Has flourished since returning to Marseille, initially on loan, after just six months on Tyneside.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has agreed a new contract with the club, according to reports.
The 18-year-old England international is currently recovering from surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon which prematurely ended his season.
A product of Chelsea’s academy system, Hudson-Odoi made 24 appearances and scored five goals in his breakthrough campaign, which also saw him called up to the senior England squad.
Hudson-Odoi had attracted interest from German giants Bayern Munich during the January transfer window, with a £35million offer said to have been on the table.
However, it now appears the teenager is set to commit his long-term future to the Blues, a lucrative new five-year deal said to have been agreed.
Following reports of the contract, Hudson-Odoi posted a picture of himself in action for Chelsea on his social media accounts, without a caption, but which attracted plenty of replies from fans at the expected news.
Chelsea have been on a pre-season tour in China, playing Barcelona on Tuesday, as new head coach Frank Lampard looks to shape his team for the forthcoming campaign which starts against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.
Midfielders Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have signed new deals since Lampard’s appointment.
The club were not available for immediate comment on Tuesday evening when the reports emerged.
The 26-year-old has been at the centre of speculation all summer with Manchester City and Manchester United both believed to be keen to land the centre-back.
The Foxes have reportedly turned down bids in the region of £70million for Maguire and want a world-record fee for a defender if he is to be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium. The record currently stands at the £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk.
Rodgers said the club have no desire to sell Maguire and praised his professionalism.
Rodgers told Sky Sports: “We’re very relaxed. The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here.
“It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell.
“Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case.
“He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester.
“You see by his performance, and in training every day he’s been absolutely first class.”