One of Newcastle’s targets played the whole game for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Greece in Brazil today, and the commentator even mentioned that Newcastle were one of clubs interested in Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo.
Victor Ibarbo – looked both powerful and skillful
One thing that was an obvious difference between the two sides today, was that Columbia were full of creativity, speed and flair – and Greece weren’t.
Once once Greece went behind after just 8 minutes it was always going to be difficult for the 2004 European Champions to get back into the game, as they find it very difficult to score goals – much like Newcastle this year.
Ibarbo looked a good player and he seems to be versatile too, and would appear to be comfortable even playing in central midfield from what we could tell, and he very rarely gave the ball away today – which is always the sign of a good player.
Cagliari will let their 24-year-old striker/winger leave this summer, and the price on his head doesn’t seem too bad – at £8M – although it’s debatable whether Newcastle will pay that much for him.
Victor is a big guy, and well built at 6″ 2¨ tall, and not unlike the build of Newcastle’s French star Moussa Sissoko, so his size and physical prowess will be well suited to the Premier League, and from what we saw of him today, he would seem to be a good signing for the club, if we can get him.
Certainly like most Colombians he has great skill and flair – and power too.
The 24 year-old was born in Tumaco, Colombia and he has 12 full caps for Columbia, and he started his career at Colombian club Atletico Nacional, and joined Cagliari in July of 2011 for just under £1M.
Ibarbo can play either on the wing or up front as a secondary 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, and last season he hit four goals with three assists in 30 Serie A games.
However, Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli are all said to also be interested in signing him, so if that’s true, we’ll be hard pressed to get this powerful lad to St. James’ Park.
Ibarbo however is keen to play in England, and at the end of last season Cagliari’s Sporting Director Nicola Salerno said 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.”
We assume Newcastle is one of the big teams after him, and we also assume Newcastle are watching this lad in Brazil.