We reported a couple of days ago that Newcastle still retain an interest in signing center-back Jannik Vestergaard from Werder Bremen, who we were heavily linked with in the summer.
But the news is that we would have to pay £15M for the Danish International who only joined Werder Bremen from Hoffenheim last January and he was successful in keeping them in the Bundesliga last season.
However, a much better value at center-back in Germany is Schalke center-back Joel Matip, who we were also linked with heavily last summer.
Joel Matip – a free agent in the summer
Joel is a 6´ 4″ strong and physical central defender who has played 26 times for Cameroon and his contract runs out next summer.
In the summer, it was thought that it would take around £10M for Newcastle to sign the player from Germany but in January that price will have dropped with him having only six months left on his contract.
Newcastle will also be able to talk directly to the player in January and since we know Newcastle like to get good value in the transfer market – he would cost about half of what it would take to get Jannik Vestergaard on Tyneside.
The other advantage with Matip is that he can play in defensive midfield and that´s a position Newcastle also need to strengthen either in January or next summer.
Matip was born in Bochum to a German mother and a Cameroonian father and he´s been at Schalke since 2000, when he signed for them as a 9 year-old.
Matip made his first team debut for Schalke back in November of 2009 as an 18 year-old against top club Bayern Munich, and since then he’s appeared 228 times for Schalke with 21 goals.
Germany were keen for him to play for them, but Matip decided he wanted to play for Cameroon, and he made his debut for the African country in a friendly against Italy in March, 2010.
He has made 15 appearances with 3 goals this season and he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle – and we could also get him at a good price – always assuming he doesn´t sign a new deal to stay at Schalke.
What do you think?