Hoffenheim’s 22-year-old Brazilian striker, Joelinton is strongly rumoured to be about to join Newcastle United in what would be a transfer record with £36m the fee in discussion. Click here for the full details in The Mirror. We will note however that United have sold Perez for £30m this summer as well as recouped £2:5m for Joselu. Its also notable that United have removed Perez, Rondon and Joselu from the payroll. It will be instructive to learn what wages the Brazilian will be on given that was another bone of contention between Benitez and Ashley.

This is a very interesting deal because Joelinton cannot have been Bruce’s pick and rather the club’s – though who will have scouted him and made the decision to go for him remains a mystery. Charnley? We will be intrigued to see who the player’s agent is as well.

The Brazilian was offered to Benitez who didn’t really fancy him and felt he was over-priced, preferring Rondon. There is  a piece in The Star covering Rafa’s diffidence towards Joelinton – click here

The report in The Mirror also refers to  a potential move for Southampton’s Charlie Austin. This would represent a very strange development given the club were so set against bringing in Rondon because of his age etc. Austin is now 30 years of age and his career has been plagued with injuries. You’ll recall he turned down the chance to join United a number of years ago. Austin would appear to have no future at Southampton as the report in their local paper would indicate – click here. 

According to a report in The Express – click here – United have told Man U they will not sell Sean Longstaff to them for anything less than £50m this summer. That would seem very wise given they seem prepared to buy Maguire from Leicester for a staggering £80m. There would also appear to be a transparent attempt to paint Steve Bruce as the man who will persuade Longstaff to stop at United in an effort to pump up his credibility amongst supporters. Good luck with that.

You will recall all the reports claiming Rafa would have £50m to spend in the transfer market this summer plus whatever else was generated through sales.

We’re about to see f all of that was garbage allowed to be published by journalists talking off the record to Charnley or if it was genuine – if the latter, that would be a first.