The People today are reporting that Newcastle are still interested in Swiss International winger Tranquillo Barnetta.
Tranquillo Barnetta - again linked with Newcastle
Newcastle were first linked with the Swiss international last January, but he suffered torn medial meniscus in his knee when playing for Bayer Leverkusen, against second division league team VfL Bochum.
Tranquillo needed surgery for that injury but is now fit again, and since he has only one year left on his contract at the Bundesliga club, Newcatsle will be hoping to get a good deal for the player, who turned 26 just last Sunday.
Barnetta can play on either wing or as a withdrawn striker, and he has been linked before with a move to the Premier League.
Juventus were another club in January, said to be interested in the player who has 58 caps for Switzerland and 6 goals.
In January, his agent Barry McIntosh, who represents his interests only in Britain, confirmed there is interest in his client:
“I cannot name clubs, but there is Premier League interest and we are looking at the options,”
“But is also remains to be seen if Bayer Leverkusen are willing to let him go.”
The St. Gallen born Tranquillo has played 180 times with 23 goals for Bayer Leverkusen, whom he joined in January of 2004 from his home town club, St. Gallen.
The 5’10? player was an ever present in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, as the Swiss secured a finals place by finishing top of their group, and the player was also a regular in the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa last summer.
We don’t know if this is just a regurgitated story by the People, or whether Newcastle have now made a fresh approach to Beyer Leverkusen about the Swiss international.
We would think the German club would be interested in getting some deal this summer, rather than losing the player next year as a free agent.