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Liverpool’s interest catches Anthony Gordon’s attention but Newcastle insist he will not leave unless a particular condition is fulfilled…



Newcastle United stands firm on Anthony Gordon’s potential transfer to Liverpool, insisting that he will not depart unless specific conditions are met.


Exclusive: Concerns arise at Newcastle regarding Gordon’s mental state following Liverpool’s inability to meet the club’s valuation.


Anthony Gordon’s hopes of joining his childhood team were dashed as Liverpool failed to submit an offer that matched Newcastle United’s demands.


Telegraph Sport has learned that Gordon was eager for the move and has been swayed by the interest shown in him.


Despite initial optimism from the England international, who has seen limited playing time at the European Championship, negotiations between the two clubs did not result in a bid being made.


The saga has been described by one source as “a lot of hot air,” but it has had a destabilizing effect on Gordon, and Newcastle are concerned about his mental state before he comes back to the club for pre-season training after the European Championship.


Gordon made a £45 million move from Everton to Newcastle in January 2023, and he refused to show up at the training ground to pressure the club to sell.


Doing the same at Newcastle would greatly harm his reputation, so the club intends to support Gordon upon his return.


They plan to encourage fans to do the same, considering Gordon’s emotional ties to Liverpool, which would be similar to a Geordie who thought they had a chance of moving to Newcastle.


The club has no intention of reviving the deal, and privately they have questioned Liverpool’s seriousness about wanting him.


Liverpool refrained from submitting a formal bid at any point, signaling the conclusion of the saga, despite the transfer window having two more months to go.


Newcastle was adamant about not parting ways with Gordon, leading to discussions with Liverpool that ultimately revealed the impossibility of reaching a deal.


Newcastle encountered a PSR deficit of £60m, prompting Liverpool to consider offering Joe Gomez or Jarrel Quansah in a potential transfer.


However, the financial assistance provided would not have alleviated Newcastle’s profit and sustainability issues.


Telegraph Sport has learned that Newcastle faced a £60 million deficit in their accounts with only 48 hours left before the PSR cut-off point of June 30.


They had no deals in place and were at risk of a points deduction from the Premier League.


Although rumors of Alexander Isak moving to Chelsea were unfounded, as the London club was informed they would need to pay over £150 million for the Sweden international, they were aware of Gordon’s desire to join Liverpool and had to consider their options.


Fortunately, Newcastle managed to address their PSR concerns by selling Yankuba Minteh to Brighton for £33 million and Elliot Anderson to Nottingham Forest for £35 million, including Greece international goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos as part of the deal.


As a result, they are not under any pressure to offload any players.


Newcastle’s pursuit of Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford has come to an end with the arrival of Vlachodimos and experienced third choice John Ruddy.


Additionally, the club has reached a multi-million pound settlement with Manchester United for sporting director Dan Ashworth, who had been on gardening leave since expressing his desire to join Old Trafford in February.


The agreed sum, although less than the initial £20 million demanded by Newcastle, is more than the £2 million offered by Manchester United at the beginning of negotiations, as both clubs sought to avoid arbitration.


Newcastle has faced a tumultuous period recently and it is expected that they will take a break to evaluate their recruitment needs.


At present, it seems likely that striker Callum Wilson will remain at the club, effectively ending Newcastle’s pursuit of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.


The future of England international Kieran Trippier is uncertain, as is that of winger Miguel Almiron.


However, it has been emphasized that there are still many decisions to be made before Newcastle pursues a right-sided center back and a right-sided forward.