Newcastle United are set to beat Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund to the signing of teenage sensation Hugo Ekitike this summer, as per widespread reports.
The Magpies were on the verge of signing the 19-year-old in January, only for Ekitike to opt to remain in France with Reims for the remainder of the campaign. In that time, he also attracted the attention of European giants Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, both of whom are on the hunt for new forwards.
Despite the late onslaught of interest, however, it seems as though newly-rich Newcastle have continued to lead the race for his signature, with trusted transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming that the teen has agreed a five-year deal with Eddie Howe's side.
And, as per the Daily Mail, the clubs are in discourse over a potential fee that could reach 35m euros with add-ons included.
Having enjoyed such a strong finish to the 2021/22 season, the next step for the Magpies has to be a push for Europe. They will be far from alone, however. In addition to the traditional 'top six', West Ham and Leicester City will likely strengthen, while Aston Villa have already sealed three new additions under Steven Gerrard and Brighton appear to be on an upward trajectory.
It means that, unlike Manchester City, Newcastle United will not be able to shoot straight to the top.