£40m move, loan repeat, pre-season chance - Yankuba Minteh's Newcastle United future decided

The transfer window is open and Newcastle United have a big decision to make on young prospect Yankuba Minteh in the coming months. With profit and sustainability rules continuing to cause clubs financial headaches, the Magpies potentially have a kitty-boosting teenager in their side who can ease spending pressure this summer.

Feyenoord are keen to extend Minteh's loan spell, while big-name European clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have been linked with permanent deals in light of reports Newcastle could be forced to sell at the right price.

However, the attacker is yet to kick a ball in the famous black and white - and fans will subsequently want to see him in action for Newcastle before seeing him shipped out for plenty of profit.

The transfer saga is bound to cause plenty of debate in the coming weeks, so with that in mind we asked our Chronicle Live writers to give their verdict on whether Minteh should be sold, loaned or kept at Newcastle this summer.

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Lee Ryder

Being totally honest I was disappointed when I heard Newcastle were considering offers for Minteh given the promise he showed last season on loan in the Dutch League with Feyenoord.

Judging players from clips and highlights from a league that is below Premier League standard is difficult but he seems to get fans off their seats and he does have an eye for goal. Pre-season friendly games seemed like the ideal time to have a good look at the teenager and as things stand that is still going to be the case as he drops straight into English football's shop window.

Loaning the player may have been a better shout but in the baffling world of FFP and PSR it can be argued that getting £40million for the player now is good business. I'm not sure if this means Newcastle have already made up their minds on Minteh, but it will certainly be a talking point in early press conferences this summer.

Verdict = Loan exit preferable but £40m may be too tempting to turn down

Ciaran Kelly

Nothing sums up PSR restrictions quite like the prospect of Newcastle United having to reluctantly cash in on Yankuba Minteh before the Gambia international has even played for the club. All because of the huge profit the Magpies would stand to make.

Much depends on Newcastle's financial situation, and whether such a sale could help fund a move for another quality right winger who is ready to go, but I would like the black-and-whites to at least take a look at Minteh in pre-season. Remember how a good summer was the basis for another young talent like Lewis Miley to shine last season?

Newcastle can then assess the situation from there. If Minteh does enough to impress, the forward could be part of the first-team squad; if not, Newcastle could loan him out him again and see how he develops.

For those who feel this may be the best time to cash in, following Minteh's productive spell at Feyenoord, the 19-year-old's value will only increase further if he has another stint on loan in, say, the Bundesliga. This is a player who has a high ceiling and who has made impressive strides year-on-year since moving to Europe in 2022. There's still a lot more to come.

Verdict = Find another shrewd loan move this season

Aaron Stokes

Picture this: We're sat here in 12 months time and Yankuba Minteh's stock has plummeted due to a lack of game time on Tyneside. Eddie Howe has opted to keep the exciting teen at St James' Park but he hasn't quite lived up to the hype or coped with the demands of Premier League.

That is my fear if Newcastle decide not to seek another loan move for Minteh this season. Of course, the winger may turn out to be a valuable top flight asset but throwing him into first-team life after half a good season in the Netherlands is a huge ask. One I suspect Howe will avoid.

I certainly wouldn't be selling Minteh either, however. I highly doubt anyone will offload £40m to sign him this summer given his inexperience - and I am keen to see him given a chance at Newcastle. If the option is between selling Miguel Almiron or Minteh, I choose the former.

But let's find a solid loan option for him, similar to Feyenoord, where he can again experience plenty of first-team minutes to continue his development.

Verdict = Loan the youngster with the promise of first-team football

Andrew Musgrove

The answer to this one is difficult - should Newcastle United sell Yankuba Minteh or not? If only we could look into the future and know for sure just how good the winger will be! But as we can't, keeping or selling Minteh this summer will be a gamble.

On one hand, if a team offers £30 million plus some will say Newcastle should cash in because Minteh could prove to be a one hit wonder and flop, but on the other hand there will be fear that selling him will come back to bite United as he goes on to be a star.

Newcastle will take a look at him this summer before making any decision and it's up to Minteh to take that opportunity - and knowing that Howe is looking to bring in a right-winger should serve up all the motivation Minteh needs to impress during pre-season.

I understand the call from some to cash in as it helps with Financial Fair Play, but I just hope that Minteh gets the chance to impress and any decision made on him is done on footballing terms and not financial.

Verdict = Give him a chance to impress before making decision either way

Stuart Jamieson

Newcastle need to be able to raise funds from somewhere in order to facilitate big-money purchases and so we find ourselves in this strangest of positions. I can't help feeling that if Minteh is someone Liverpool want, and are willing to pay considerably more than United did this time last year, then surely he is a player the Magpies should be keeping on Tyneside.

Selling a hot prospect who is yet to play for the club to a Premier League rival just doesn't feel right. However, if it means Newcastle can then sign a top-class right-sided forward this summer then fans will soon get over the discomfort.

The risk is that Minteh then goes on to shine at Anfield, for years to come, so the only way to banish those fears is for United to have a new star of their own, and that means Michael Olise or similar in a black-and-white shirt this summer.

Verdict = Sell if it means a major upgrade at right-wing