Exclusive: Newcastle & Man United could now agree shock ‘player swap deal’ – Ex-PL CEO

Everton’s former chief Keith Wyness has claimed Newcastle United and Man United will agree a settlement for Dan Ashworth’s move. 

The 66-year-old, who ran an elite football consultancy after serving as CEO of Goodison Park from 2004 to 2009, stated in an interview with Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast that the agreement might be reached as part of a player exchange between the two teams.

Following his acceptance to join Manchester United in February, Ashworth was put on gardening leave at St. James’ Park.

On May 1, Football Insider disclosed that Newcastle would only expedite the transfer guru’s transfer to Manchester United if they have found a replacement.

It has been widely reported that the Magpies are demanding around £20million in compensation – a figure the Red Devils are not willing to pay.

Newcastle and Man United will agree Ashworth deal, says Wyness 

Wyness hit out at new Man United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe over his handling of negotiations.

He told Football Insider‘s Insider Track podcast: “Man United are going to have to pay a negotiated settlement.

“At some stage, one side will blink and they’ll be in a room together – and they’ll hammer it out.

“It happens all the time in football. I can’t see why this is such a sticking point.

“Someone has to give, and someone has to take. That’s how the two clubs are going to get there.

“It could happen as part of something bigger, a player swap deal between the two clubs, possibly. 

“It’s not abnormal to find a way around this problem, but Jim Ratcliffe is a newcomer.

“He’s got to get this done, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done more quickly.”

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