There’s a decent chance that Italian Cagliari could let go of their 24-year-old striker/winger Victor Ibarbo, and the news is that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been alerted to that possibility, with the fee being around £8M.
Victor Ibarbo – Newcastle interested
We all know Newcastle are in need of maybe three strikers this summer, to replace those who are leaving the club (Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy), and Newcastle continue to be linked with many strikers so far this summer.
The 24 year-old was born in Tumaco, Colombia and he has 7 full caps for Columbia, and he has been included in the Colombian World Cup squad.
Ibarbo started his football career at Columbian club Atletico Nacional, and he joined Cagliari in July of 2011 for just under £1M.
Ibarbo can play either on the wing or up front as a striker, and while at Cagliari he has played 111 times for the Serie A club with 13 goals and 11 assists, so he has not been a prolific goalscorer in Italy.
But as usual this summer, Newcastle will face some severe competition, and Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli are all said to be interested in signing the player.
One thing that may be in Newcastle’s favor is that he has said he would be interested in a move to England’s Premier League, and there seems to be interest from English clubs.
The Italian club’s Sporting Director Nicola Salerno has confirmed this:
“There’s interest in Victor from England, and that will extend if he shines in Brazil. There are some inquiries for him from big teams.”
Once again it seems unlikely that Newcastle can get their man, especially if clubs like Barcelona, Napoli and Juventus are in really interested in signing the player.