There are reports that Newcastle may make a move for young Manchester City center-back Jason Denayer, and it is expected the club will now sell him, after they have brought in Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia.
The Argentine International is costing Manchester City a massive £31.5M.
Jason Denayer – Manchester City center-back
It had been expected that this season 20 year-old Denayer would have been one of the four center-backs at the Manchester club, but the arrival of Otamendi has come as a shock to the top youngster, who has already been capped 3 times by Belgium.
Denayer has recently signed a long term deal at City, but the arrival of Otamendi has out a spanner in the works and it looks looks like he now wants to leave City.
Deneyer’s agent is Jesse de Preter and he has reacted to the signing of the Argentine:
“He was not in the squad against Chelsea, that was no surprise to us. But if City get a defender, that’s it. If he is to sit on the bench or in the stands, he leaves.”
Steve McClaren has said Newcastle are still after players before the window closes on August 31st, and here is a chance to sign a top young center-back who needs playing time next season.
Steve McClaren had also mentioned earlier in the week that the club would be monitoring what other clubs would be doing, as they decide on who they will bring in, and that there could be some players become available late in the transfer window.
Jason was on loan at Celtic last season, where he played 44 times with 6 goals and was voted the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.
The Belgium formed a solid center-back partnership with Virgil van Dijk last season, who is another potential Newcastle target in the final 10 days of the transfer window.
Denayer stands just over 6ft tall and we suppose a season long loan deal could also be an alternative for Newcastle.
Jason only turned 20 in late June, and he made his International debut for Belgium in March in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier away to Israel, which Belgium won 1-0.
It seems he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle and would be one for the future, but could also have an immediate impact at Newcastle.
Newcastle have also been linked with 26 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour this week, and it seems here’s a chance for Newcastle to bring in a top young center-back – who could be an alternative to the Tunisian International.
But the Magpies will have to move quickly for a player who is one of the best young defenders in Europe.
What do you think?