Date: 13th July 2021 at 7:15pm
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A lot of Newcastle United fans appeared confused on Twitter as to how Celtic are now wanting £20 million for Kristoffer Ajer.

Earlier in the year, it had been reported that Celtic were looking to receive £6 million for their Norwegian centre back, who hopes the club allow him to leave.

Should Newcastle pay £20 million for Ajer?

Yes!

Yes!

No!

No!

However, Ajer’s price has now skyrocketed up to £20 million, according to The Athletic, which could put off all three of Newcastle, Brentford and Norwich City who had been linked with the defender.

With Steve Bruce’s budget set to be £50 million, spending £20 million on one player in a position that they are already stocked up on would be a strange move.

Many Newcastle fans have urged the club to avoid a deal at that price as they reacted after the claim was also relayed by the Northern Echo via NUFC 360 on Twitter:

What have these Newcastle fans been saying?

“Wasn’t it £6m?!  £20m. In the bin. Lejeune is a better player anyway”
“They won’t get 20. It’ll drag out until the end of the window and they’ll get half if they’re lucky.”
“20 million?! For an extra 7-8 you can buy Joe Willock!”
“£20m for a player whose contract runs out next year. No chance, if we still want him get him on a free.”
“No way”
“If this is the case then I don’t blame the club. Crazy asking price”
20 million and he’s in the last year of his deal they having a laugh I wouldn’t even pay that if he had 3 years left #nufc”
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Starting with a relatively recent player. Who is this?

Newcastle operated with three centre-backs during the back-end of last season, which saw them lose just three times in their last 13 league games and with Florian Lejeune returning from his loan spell in Spain, another central defender arriving would not appear worthwhile at the moment.

However, Lejeune has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this summer himself and that could force Bruce’s hand if he wants three central defenders to be starting the League next season as well as sufficient cover.