We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Rafa Benitez brings a few Spanish players to Newcastle this summer and we have already been linked with two Spanish players – Alvaro Arbeloa of Real Madrid and Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough.
And there are reports in the Spanish media today that Newcastle are now interested in signing 21 year-old Tenerife striker Nano – full name Alexander Mesa Travieso.
Nano – Tenerife 21 year-old striker
The 5ft 10ins tall Nano scored 14 goals in 35 total appearances for Tenerife in the second division of the Spanish League last season – and those stats are not unlike those of Ayoze Perez, before we signed him for €2M two years ago.
It seems as though Nano wants to leave his home town club this summer, a club which he joined as an 11 year-old ten years ago – and came through their Youth Academy.
And like Ayoze Perez before him it’s not too surprising that a number of Spanish clubs are interested in the striker.
In January 2014 he made his first team debut for Tenerife coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 home defeat by AD Alcorcon.
Nano’s contract at Tenerife runs for another two years but is has a release clause of €3M, just a little more than Newcastle paid to get Perez on Tyneside, so for that money Nano could be a bargain buy for Newcastle – if Rafa Benitez rates him.
If this interest by Newcastle is real – Real Betis and Deportivo are two of the Spanish clubs said to be interested – it could be a draw for the 21 year-old to play for one of Spain’s best managers at Newcastle – and especially since his former team-mate Ayoze Perez is on Tyneside.
What do you think?