PIF face big decision as Everton join AC Milan and Marseille in race for Newcastle United star

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Several clubs have been linked with a move for a Newcastle United star - and the Magpies majority owners could play a key role in his future.

Allan Saint-Maximin is reportedly attracting interest from at home and abroad as speculation over his future at Newcastle United continues.

The French winger was a talsimanic figure for the Magpies during Steve Bruce’s reign at St James Park as he was often the sole spark in an underperforming United side. However, the club’s resurgance under Eddie Howe and the rise to prominance of several of Saint-Maximin’s team-mates saw Saint-Maximin make just 14 starts in all competitions last season.

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There has been talk the former Nice winger could be allowed to depart St James Park this summer as United look to move on several members of their squad in a bid to aid their battle with Financial Fair Play regulations. Serie A giants AC Milan have been linked with a move for Saint-Maximin on several occasions over the last year and 90Min have now reported Ligue 1 club Marseille and Premier League duo Everton and Crystal Palace have also ‘checked on his situation’ at St James Park.

However, there is also reported interest from Saudi Arabia, with United’s majority owners PIF looking to add further star names to the Saudi Pro League after the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante all joined clubs in the Gulf state.

Saint-Maximin had fuelled talk over his future with an Instagram post suggesting he had reached ‘a turning point’ in his career last month and that led Magpies manager Howe to answer several questions on what could lie ahead for the winger ahead of the season-ending draw at Chelsea.

He said: “That (his future) will be dictated by Maxi himself. He has so much ability, and he’s such an important player for us when he’s at his very best, fitness-wise. He’s unique, there’s no one like him in the Premier League.

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“You saw he’s a huge transitional threat (in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea), his end product was there, so really pleased. We just hope he comes back really fit, and ready to do well in what is a massive season for him personally.”

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