Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United have joined the race for Manchester City’s top 20 year-old striker John Guidetti.
John Guidetti - Man City’s 20 year-old Swedish striker
And apparently Sunderland are also interested in the young striker, along with top European clubs like Inter Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach (them again).
With Newcastle’s bid for Luuk de Jong up in the air, and with Borussia Monchengladbach having held meetings with FC Twente only yesterday, it is thought that Newcastle are giving up the chase for the 21 year-old youngster, and have turned to other striker targets.
However, the Dutch club still haven’t said yes or no to Newcastle’s latest offer, which is though to be around £11M up front in cool cash – Newcastle’s biggest ever offer since Mike Ashley arrived at Newcastle five years ago.
The 20-year-old Guidetti spent all of last season on loan in Holland with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals and 8 assists in just 23 games for the Dutch side, and looked a great player in the making.
Guidetti wants first team football next season, and he has made it clear he is prepared to leave Manchester City to get it, if there is no playing time for him at the Etihad Stadium.
And with news that City may be targeting Robin van Persie from Arsenal this summer, there’s probably little chance for him to get much first team playing time at Manchester next season.
Feyenoord would just love to keep him in Holland for another season on loan, but with so many top clubs after the player, that would appear unlikely.
But it may be an opportune time for Newcastle to bring in a top youngster, with the Magpies three other strikers - Papiss Cisse (26), Demba Ba (27) and Shola Ameobi (30) – all 26 years old or older.
John Guidetti will return to Manchester City for pre-season training, but he is expected to leave the club this summer, and it’s more likely to be a permanent move.
Newcastle will face some tough competition from other clubs around Europe for his signature, no doubt about that, but this lad could be brought in for less that Luuk de Jong would cost, in terms of both the transfer fee and the wages.
He’s a little younger than Luuk de Jong and without the same level of experience, so he would be a greater risk – but he looks a top young striker, and his acquisiton would soften the blow of not be able to bring de Jong to Tyneside.
It seems that Newcastle have made Guidetti a target, if the news is to be believed, but they also have some other options such as Inter-Milan’s 19 year Dutch striker Luc Castaignos, who moved from Feyenoord to Inter Milan last summer, but is now also looking to get more first team experience next season.
And there is also Ola Toivenon of PSV, but the 26 year-old Swede may be too old, given the age of the strikers already at Newcastle.
It would be good news indeed f Newcastle are in for John Guidetti, and it would be terrific news if Newcastle can get him signed up.
Here’s some video of the rising young star.
What do you think?