North End’s battle over Callum Robinson’s future appears to be continuing.
According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston have rejected a second bid for Robinson. An unnamed Premier League team are pushing hard to sign Robinson, but remain some way off the asking price.
Robinson would no doubt love a return to the Premier League, but North End have to think about themselves too. A new contract seems unlikely, and after 12 goals and three assists last season, he’ll surely be on the move inside the last year of his deal.
It then begs the question; what is North End’s asking price? It’s certainly above £10million, as it should be. Some may feel that Preston’s stance is weakened by Robinson having just 12 months left on his deal, but Swansea City may have given North End inspiration.
Last week, Swansea sold star winger Daniel James to Manchester United. As reported by The Independent, the fee was a huge £15million, with an extra £3million in add-ons.
That deal should impact the stance North End take on Robinson’s asking price. James had just one year left on his deal, just like Robinson. James is a full international with Wales, just like Robinson is with the Republic of Ireland.
The main differences are end product and age. Yes, James is around two and a half years younger than Robinson, meaning he’s being touted for a huge future, and United have paid for that potential.
He hit four goals and seven assists in the Championship, but Robinson has a lengthier track record. His 31 goals and 14 assists tell the story of a player who is now ready for a Premier League move, and one that should be around a similar price to James.
Anything below £10million would be ridiculous, and whilst James has more hype because he’s younger and faster, Robinson is a more complete player right now – and that should be represented with a major asking price from North End after seeing James join United for big money.