Newcastle and Tottenham have been linked with Palermo’s Argentine center-back Ezequiel Munoz, whose contract runs out in June, and it seems that the 24 year-old will not sign a new contract with his club, and will therefore be available as a free transfer in the summer.
Ezequiel Munoz – 24 year-old Argentine center-back
This is what his agent Fernando Ortiz has told the Italian press about whether his client will stay in Sicily:
“Yes, probably the adventure of Ezequiel in Sicily is over. His contract is expiring and our intention is to not to renew.”
“Now we have to consider whether to allow the Palermo to collect something from his sale and then starting as early as January, or wait until the end of the season and get rid of him for zero,”
Ortiz has been negotiating with the Palermo Board this week, and it seems he has turned down their final offer, so Munoz he will be available this month for a (small) fee, or in the summer as a free agent.
Most teams who have only two fit experienced center-backs would be determined to sign a center-back as cover for the team this month, but that’s not necessarily true with a Mike Ashley run Newcastle club.
Mike Ashley doesn’t like to spend money at Newcastle unless it’s absolutely necessary, and maybe we are not in enough relegation trouble for Newcastle to make a move this month to bring in the two players we need – a good center-back and a good striker.
There’s just over two weeks to go in the transfer window, and it doesn’t look like many – if any – players will be coming through the door this January.
And it helps Mike Ashley that he can say we don’t have a head coach so we didn’t bring in any players in January.
That’s even though a committee of four (Ashley, Charnley, Carr and the head coach) decide the players we go after – and mainly it seems it’s Chief Scout Graham Carr who has the most say these days in which players we should bring in.
Lazio are the other team that have expressed an interest in Ezequiel Munoz, who joined Palermo from Boca Juniors in 2010 on a five year contract, and he’s played 126 times in Italy with 7 goals.
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