The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are after German Pezzella, who currently plays for River Plate in the Argentine league and is only 21 years old.
German Pezzella - top Argentine youngster
We would expect Newcastle to bring in a younger center-back to fortify the central defense at Newcastle, and on that front German seems to fit the bill well, and he has played a massive 26 times for the Argentine U20 side.
The 6′ tall Bahía Blanca, Argentina born player is said to be nearing a call-up for the Argentine full national side, and if Newcastle bring him to Tyneside, he will be given time to acclimatize to the English Premier League, and would be one for the future.
Pezzella has played close to 10 times for River Plate, form what we can tell, and he made his debut against Defensores de Belgrano in an Argentine Cup game back in 2009.
Pezzella played for the Argentina team in the Toulon Tournament in 2009, and in preparation for the World Cup in 2010, he was a member of the team that played against the Argentine team a number of times, as preparation for the World Cup.
German has been a top performer for the Argentine U-20 team and he is the captain, and is a highly rated youngster in South America.
His strengths are in tackling and the reading of the game, plus he has significant leadership skills both off and on the pitch, and he has attracted the attention of a number of top European clubs.
In addition to Newcastle, Roma are also thought to be interested in the top 21 year-old, and if German does arrive at Newcastle, he will join his countrymen Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, both of whom have played for the full Argentine national side.
The transfer fee is quoted at around £4M, but that seems like a lot of money for a relatively inexperienced player.
What do you think?
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