There are reports out of Italy that Newcastle are interested in signing 24 year-old Palermo center-back Ezequiel Munoz, who plays for Palermo.
Ezequiel Munoz – Palermo’s 24 year-old Argentine center-back
The Argentine joined Palermo back in August, 2010 from Boca Juniors and his contract at the Italian club runs out in the summer, and that’s probably one reason Newcastle are interested in him.
He made his debut in Serie A in late August of 2010 against Cagliari, when he was 19 years old.
Ezequiel stands 6¨ 1¨ tall and has played 112 times for Palermo with six goals and there are a number of clubs interested in signing the player including Everton, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The report is in Tuttomercatoweb.com.
Munoz was capped for the Argentine U17 and U20 sides, but has never been capped at the full International level, but having just turned 24 in October, he is the right age for players Newcastle like to sign – plus he comes at the right price as a free agent.
There are a number of players whose contracts run out at Palermo who were just promoted back to Serie A last season.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini does not want to lose Muno or Edgar Barreto, whose contract also runs out next June, and this is what Zamparini has told Radio Sportiva:
“Their future is Palermo. There is no chance of them leaving. Be patient.¨ “You’d be fascinated if I told you the about the salaries, but I can’t give you that information.
“I don’t think however, that they’ll leave, I think we will find a common ground.¨ “Both Munoz and Barreto are very fond of Palermo and me, as I’m fond of them. We’ll try to find a solution together.”
Munoz is also versatile in that he has also played at right back for his Italian club, and with a Spanish passport, there would be no problems in him moving to England, and the news is that he is keen to look at what options he has next year.
With so many clubs interested in him, it could be that a club offers a fee for him in January, so that Palermo get something for him, and don’t lose him for nothing in the summer, and they could also beat other clubs to his signing.
The Tuttomercatoweb.com report says that Sunderland have already offered £4M for the Argentine, and if that’s true look for other bigger clubs to move in for him next month.
Those bigger clubs could include Newcastle United.
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