The latest player Newcastle United are being linked with is 23 year-old Argentine winger Ivan Bella, who plays for Vélez Sársfield in western Buenos Aires in the Premier division of Argentine football.
Ivan Bella – plays for Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires
And that’s according to talkSPORT, and a few months ago we would have said we have plenty of good wingers at Newcastle in Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Romain Amalfitano, but Marveaux and Amalfitano have not shown through this season much – so far.
The player turned 23 in September, and he has real pace down the wing, something Newcastle do not have a lot of in their current squad, and he is also a very skillful player. His type of play has been likened to Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria, who is only 24 and has played for Argentina 35 times with 8 goals.
Velez has played 8 times for the Argentine U20 side with one goal, and he made his league debut for his home town club back in June of 2008, in a 0–0 draw against Independiente.
There’s reported interest from Newcastle, but Benfica are said to be leading the race for the skillful winger, who has made over 70 appearances for Vélez Sársfield with 6 goals.
Obviously the player is not a great goalscorer, but he’s got pace, skill and vision on the wing, and he’s playing in the Premier division of Argentine football, with the fee for him being reported at around £3M.
But we think this lad could be a big risk, and he hasn’t been recognized by the Argentina National side, so we’d be a little surprised if he ever arrives at Newcastle.
And there are probably better buys for Newcastle in France, Holland or Germany, if they are going to spend £3M in January or in the summer.
What do you think?
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