Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a fee of £12 million with Swansea City for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
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Tuesday, Jan. 12
The news came via Amy Lewis of Sky Sports, who claimed the England international will have a medical with the Magpies on Tuesday:
Breaking: Swansea have agreed to sell Jonjo Shelvey for a fee in the region of £12m - sources. Medical in Newcastle later.— Amy Lewis (@AmyLewisSport) January 12, 2016
Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis had admitted earlier that while Shelvey is a talent, the club wouldn’t be too disappointed to see him move on, per the Daily Mirror:
The problem is that Jonjo is such a good player and you are reluctant to let your good players go, but sometimes there comes a time when it’s best to shake hands and people move on. It would be difficult for any club to turn down £10million, £11million or £12million.
Newcastle seem to be the ones making the most noises. They are interested but we may end up strengthening them as Jonjo going there would lift them and I wouldn’t want that to be to our detriment.
After moving to the Liberty Stadium from Liverpool in 2013, Shelvey seemed poised to cement his spot at the heart of the Swansea midfield. After a bright start to this campaign, the 23-year-old has fallen out of favour under Curtis and could be a big boost to Newcastle in their attempts to stave off relegation.
While Shelvey has seemingly fallen down the pecking order with the Welsh side, Bleacher Report’s Nick Akerman feels as though the club need to be careful about losing key assets:
Swansea really are falling apart. Bony and Shelvey key last year, as was Monk. The club has got to be so careful when reinvesting the cash.— Nick Akerman (@Nakerman) January 12, 2016
There’s no denying Shelvey’s talent. The young midfield man can spread the play brilliantly, has a clear appreciation of the game and a passion which rubs off on team-mates. But there are times when he can bend the rules and when a languid attitude seems to prevent him from ever reaching his full potential.
Newcastle will give Shelvey the chance of making another fresh start in his career at a club which is in need of a boost.
The Magpies are in trouble at the bottom of the Premier League and are a little short in midfield; if the England man can rediscover his best form, his settling presence could help Steve McClaren’s men surge back up the table.