Chelsea ‘change strategy’ to agree £28m Newcastle sale despite six-year contract ‘agreement’

Lewis Hall with the Newcastle United badge. Credit: Alamy
Lewis Hall with the Newcastle United badge. Credit: Alamy

Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea teenager for £28million, according to a report.

It was reported on Wednesday evening that the Blues have put Hall up for sale.

The 18-year-old, who made 11 first-team appearances last term and was a rare bright spot in an otherwise woeful season for the west London club.

Nevertheless, Newcastle are happy to see Hall put on Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer list as Chelsea look to balance the books having spent around £900m on new signings over the last 12 months.

A report from The Athletic on Wednesday claimed that the Magpies ‘have seen a number of approaches for the 18-year-old rebuffed this summer’ but are ‘working on a deal’.

Chelsea ‘initially preferred’ loaning Hall out with Crystal Palace a serious option but the player is now leaning towards leaving Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis with the opportunity to play regular first-team football for a team competing in the Champions League viewed as a ‘key factor’.

The report added that Chelsea want a ‘meaningful sell-on clause’ included in any deal.

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And a report from The Telegraph on Thursday states that Chelsea have agreed to sell Hall to Newcastle for £28m.

The Blues’ financial situation means the opportunity to sell Hall for a decent fee was ‘too good to turn down’. This is despite the player agreeing a new six-year contract earlier this summer.

Hall would have to compete with Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell for a starting berth under Pochettino and  Chelsea have decided to sell the 18-year-old over the former as this sale will be viewed as pure profit in the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules.

Mason Mount is one homegrown player who has already left the club, joining Manchester United for around £55m.

The Blues had aimed to agree a new contract with Hall and send him out on loan to Crystal Palace, but they have ‘changed their strategy’ after paying an initial £100m for Moises Caicedo.

The club’s outrageous spending means the sales of homegrown talent will be necessary and the report says there is a ‘good chance’ Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah ‘will also leave’.

Newcastle recently confirmed the signing of Tino Livramento – who can play as a right-back or left-back – but are still eager to bolster the left side of their defence.

Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney is another name who has been mentioned, though you get the impression if that deal was going to happen this summer, it would have happened by now.

Hall, though, is a player with huge potential and someone Frank Lampard thinks is destined for big things.

Speaking in May, the former Chelsea interim manager said: “He’s a quiet lad, the first thing that I’ve seen, he definitely needs to come out of himself a little bit more. I’m not asking him to change his personality but in footballing terms to affect people around him.

“In terms of quality on the ball, that’s really clear. In terms of quality, if you see him with the ball and the things he can do, he’s got the levels, he’s obviously got to add to that as he goes along.

“Another academy one that we’ve produced and it will be good to see him in regular games at this level to be tested more but he’s shown he can do that. I know he played well at City earlier in the year and I think against [Riyad] Mahrez, one of the best wingers in the league, one versus one, he joined in.

“He gets his chance at the top end of the pitch. He’s a good player, Lewis, he’s a good player and I thought he did really well. Amongst some other individuals in the game that did well.”

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