More news of Newcastle today on the transfer front, and we have been linked with a Chilean International who has just turned 26 – so he’s at the right age.
Mauricio Isla – we know what he looks like in black and white stripes
The news is coming from reports originating in Chile, with Newcastle said to be interested in the versatile right-sided player Mauricio Isla, who is currently at Juventus, and was part of Chile’s World Cup squad in Brazil.
The news is that Isla is close to a move to Newcastle United for about £7.6M, after the two clubs have said to have reached an agreement on the fee.
Isla is certainly versatile and can play at full-back, on the wing or in central midfield, and over the last two seasons he has not had a lot of playing time for Juventus, since he moved there from Udinese in June of 2012.
In the last two seasons in Italy he has played about 20 times in each season, and he would like to get more playing time at another club.
The 5’9¨ tall player made his debut for Chile at the young age of 19 in a friendly against Switzerland, way back in September 2007.
In that same year he moved to Italian club Udinese from Chilean club Universidad Catolica, and stayed there for five seasons.
Right back seems to be his best position, but that will not be were he plays at Newcastle if he does arrive on Tyneside, and he could be used on the right wing or in central midfield, with Jan Janmaat of Feyenoord having already been signed by Newcastle.
Mauricio Isla was in the Chilean World Cup squad in Brazil, and he played every minute of Chile’s four World Cup games.
But with Newcastle needing strikers, a center-back and a midfield play-maker this seems a strange move by Newcastle – if the news in Chile is true.
If Isla does move to Newcastle, it will be the third club in a row he’s played for who play in black and white stripes.
That’s got to be a hint this news is true. 😀
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