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Newcastle ‘blow Juventus out water in free transfer race for Axel Witsel after offering Dortmund star £160k a week’

NEWCASTLE are prepared to spend big to lure Borussia Dormund star Axel Witsel to St James’ Park, according to reports. The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season. The 32-year-old is into his fourth year at Dortmund and he could be ready for a new challenge in a different league. Juventus have been […] ...

NEWCASTLE are prepared to spend big to lure Borussia Dormund star Axel Witsel to St James’ Park, according to reports.

The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season.

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The 32-year-old is into his fourth year at Dortmund and he could be ready for a new challenge in a different league.

Juventus have been credited with an interest in Witsel.

But Newcastle’s proposal of £160,000 a week will completely trump what the Italian giants can afford, according to TuttoJuve.

To put that offer into context, the Belgian currently earns around £115,000 a week, a figure Juve could struggle to pay.

But Witsel will not want to join a Championship outfit, so first Newcastle must ensure they stay out of trouble.

And with the Toon currently five points off safety, Eddie Howe has a big job on his hands.


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But reinforcements could be made in January with Bayern Munich star Niklas Sule one of a number of players linked.

Newcastle are also believed to have an eye on a creative player such as Philippe Coutinho or Isco.

The Magpies newfound wealth opens up exciting options, with the proposal to Witsel an indication of the wages they can afford to spend.

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