Newcastle are trying to beat Juventus to the signing of Czech 20 year-old midfielder Lubos Kalouda.
Lubos Kalouda – 20 year old Czech star midfielder
The Brno-born midfielder has been in talks with Juventus, who made a move for Kalouda earlier this month. His club Brno play in the Gambrinus Liga of the Czech Republic and want around 4million euros (Â£2.9M) for the highly-rated youngster.
However, Juventus seems to have stalled on the deal and are certainly taking their time to decide whether to sign the youngster. This has allowed Newcastle United to step in, and the Tyne-side club have opened talks with Brno over bringing the youngster to the North East.
Brno’s major shareholder Roman Pros confirmed to CTK yesterday:
“Considering that 31 January is getting closer, we have to negotiate,” “There are no further obligations to Juventus.â€
â€œDespite that, we are awaiting their statement, but in the meantime we have started talks with Newcastle, who know our requirements for releasing Kalouda.”
Juventus apparently see Kalouda as the long-term replacement for Pavel Nedved, and it will be interesting to see their reaction to the Newcastle talks. Juventus were even willing for Kalouda – who was called up for the Czech national squad for the first time earlier this month – to stay at Brno until the end of the season.
That may now change with the Tyne-side club in negotiations for the player.
Kalouda was a member of the Czech Republic U-20 team that won the silver medal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Kalouda scored three goals in the tournament, and was one of the best players in the impressive Czech team. He was called up for the senior Czech National team just this month, due in part to his performances in Canada.
His style of play is said to be similar to that of legendary Czech midfielder Pavel NedvÄ›d. We wish. Â 😀