Newcastle United have no intention of taking up the chance to sign Danny Welbeck on a free transfer this summer despite his agent apparently offering the player around.
Over the last few days, we’ve had conflicting stories in relation to Danny Welbeck’s future.
Depending on where you do your reading, he’s either leaving or going to be offered a new contract which says to me that nobody really has a clue what’s going on and they’re all guessing in the hopes they can appear like they knew something before it happened.
The Englishman is out of contract in the summer and there was no sign of him being offered a new deal until this weekend when it was reported that the club were going to offer him reduced terms more reliant on performance-related bonuses.
That makes sense. Welbeck has suffered three serious injuries since he joined Arsenal and has missed 120 games. He’s only played a total of 126 since he arrived in 2014 for £18m.
A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Welbeck this summer. Everton, West Ham, Valencia and Newcastle have all been mentioned however the Magpies don’t seem that interested in him.
According to Chronicle Live, “Toon sources are cool on the name of the 42-times Three Lions international.”
It will be a hard sell for Welbeck this summer, no matter what happens. He will have to prove that his ankle can stand up to the rigours of life in the Premier League and, with no minutes under his belt to do that, he’s going to have to rely on somebody somewhere taking a leap of faith in him.
Will that be at Arsenal?
It makes sense for Arsenal to consider handing him a new contract. They are, after all, having to watch what they spend in the upcoming transfer window and if they can secure a third striker who is happy to sit on the bench without paying a transfer fee then that’s win-win for them.
Danny, however, may not be so happy with that prospect after missing out on so much football due to injury during his career.