Newcastle PSR panic, Jarell Quansah call – Liverpool given Anthony Gordon transfer ultimatum

Anthony Gordon of England reacts during an England Training Session at Spa & Golf Resort Weimarer Land on June 27, 2024
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Liverpool have raised a few eyebrows after turning down the chance to sign Anthony Gordon. The 23-year-old winger has been one of numerous Newcastle United players to be linked with an exit from St James' Park lately as the Magpies face pressure from the Premier League.

On Sunday, the current three-year cycle for Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSRs) comes to an end and several clubs in the English top flight will be required to submit their financial records. A club will be found in breach of the PSRs if its PSR calculation over the relevant period results in a loss in excess of £105m.

So, by June 30, Eddie Howe's side must ensure they remain compliant with PSR. Desperate to raise funds, the ECHO understands that Newcastle approached the Reds, asking for Jarell Quansah as part of a player-plus-cash swap deal for Gordon.

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It's believed that Liverpool have no plans to lose the 21-year-old defender this summer, or indeed at any point in the near future, after breaking into the first-team. Quansah, who signed a new long-term contract at Anfield last May, featured 33 times for the Reds last term and Arne Slot views him as an important member of the squad.

While Liverpool would have lost the youngster, they also missed out on the chance to disarm a Premier League rival. So, with that being said, journalists at the ECHO have reacted to Liverpool's decision to snub Gordon.

Jake Stokes

Liverpool should have definitely signed Anthony Gordon from Newcastle. After a bit of back and forth, I think the Reds could have negotiated a reasonable deal that benefits both Newcastle United and themselves.

Arne Slot has missed out on a great opportunity to revamp his frontline. Last season, Gordon established himself as one of the leading wingers in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists. That's no mean feat...

At just 23, he'd have been a superb long-term option for Liverpool – it's a real shame the club didn't try to engineer a better deal. Ultimately, it would have caused absolute mayhem in the next Merseyside derby – which may well be a good enough reason to sign Gordon in itself for those of a Liverpool perspective!

Amie Wilson

Antony Gordon would have been a brilliant signing for Liverpool, but it all does depend on what Newcastle’s demands for the player were. If the negotiations broke down over the Magpies’ insistence on including Jarell Quansah in the deal, then I can see why Liverpool would walk away.

As highly rated as Gordon is, swapping one of your own players you see having a big future at the club, plus a likely hefty fee may have been just a step too far. Quansah will now look to establish himself as first choice under Arne Slot this season.

As with any transfer dealings, it’s not over until it’s over. Newcastle’s attempts to comply with Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs) before the end of the weekend means that they could yet look to reopen negotiations.

Liverpool will hope that’s the case and that they can get a better deal than the one that was originally being spoken about.

Kieran Horn

Liverpool turning down the chance to sign Anthony Gordon is somewhat of a surprise considering his profile. New head coach Arne Slot is yet to have made any new signings since his arrival though there have been links to plenty of players, particularly in attack.

Alongside Gordon, Johan Bakayoko and Nico Williams have also emerged as summer targets with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all tentatively linked with Liverpool exits. The exact details of the proposal put forward by Newcastle to Liverpool for Gordon are unclear, however the inclusion of Jarell Quansah may have been the deal-breaker.

As has been the case with a number of transfers already completed this summer, two clubs arranging separate deals for two players to ease financial concerns before the PSR deadline is likely what Newcastle were eyeing. However, with the Reds not in a worrying financial position, it is perhaps no surprise they rejected the deal despite the admiration they may have for Gordon.

Isaac Johnson

Gordon’s stock has definitely risen since his Everton exit, and he would be a very good buy - but not if it means losing Quansah. The fact Newcastle approached Liverpool shows the Magpies are more desperate to sell than the Reds are to buy.

Besides, if there’s any wing Liverpool need to strengthen, then it’s ultimately the right flank with few options behind Mohamed Salah who is approaching the final 12 months of his contract - so I can understand Liverpool’s stance on Gordon.

The picture obviously changes if Luis Diaz leaves but the chances of that look slim, and are non-existent of it happening before Sunday. Newcastle are looking to sell Gordon to help them with PSR problems, so a deal for him after this weekend would, in reality, be less likely.

Bruna Reis

As we have seen with transfers completed in the summer transfer window so far, clubs have helped one another by swapping players. This has been the case with Everton and Aston Villa, with Lewis Dobbin heading to Villa Park and Tim Iroegbunam going in the opposite direction.

Therefore it is no surprise to see that Newcastle were interested in a swap deal for Quansah to help ease their financial concerns before Sunday's PSR deadline. Newcastle must trade players to balance their books or risk a points deduction next season.

Although Liverpool are reported to be interested in Gordon's services, they are in a healthy financial position which does not require them to swap players. In regards to Quansah, this suggests he is regarded as having a bright future at Anfield and Newcastle's request to have him included in the deal suggests it could have been the main reason for talks to break down.

As the clock continues ticking, Newcastle must act quickly and could even be forced to re-open negotiations to avoid any punishment. For the right price, a deal for Gordon makes a lot of sense.