Chilean news outlet El Mercurio is reporting that Newcastle United are close to getting their 7th signing through the door this summer, with a fee agreed with Juventus for the transfer of Mauricio Isla, who had an injury ravaged season at the Italian club, but played very well for Chile in the World Cup, where they were unlucky to go out to Brazil in a penalty shoot-out in the knockout rounds.
Mauricio Isla – Juventus player
Isla’s best position is at right back, although he can also play on the wing and in central midfield, but one thing we aren’t clear about is why we would bring in another right sided player – after we have already signed Daryl Janmaat and Remy Cabella.
Newcastle do however have some competition from both Arsenal and Liverpool for the player, and the fee is said to be €10M (about £8M) so the 26 year-old doesn’t come cheaply.
The news has been reported today by a number of outlets in England, and it seems like the fee has been agreed between the club, but the wages are still being negotiated – with the Chilean International, who played every minute of every games for Chile in the World Cup in Brazil – wants around £2M per year.
If Newcastle can get Isla to Tyneside, it would be another coup this summer, and Isla is a very good player.
If the news is accurate and Newcastle are speaking compensation with the player and his agent – the deal could be completed quite soon.
What do you think?
Update: There is news tonight that this story may not be accurate, and it seems that Mauricio Isla was one of our right back targets – but before we signed Daryl Janmaat last week.
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