We are reported to be interested in both Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea and Manchester City’s young striker Kelechi Iheanacho, both of whom are not getting much playing time at their respective clubs.
Chelsea paid a whopping £33M for Michy last summer when they bought him from Marseille and Newcastle had been interested in the player for at least two years before that.
So maybe Rafa Benitez likes the look of Michy and will try to bring him in on loan for next season and then try to make the move permanent next summer.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 20 year-old Manchester City striker
But Iheanacho could be a better acquisition for Newcastle, with the lad only being 20 and he seems to be able to score goals whenever he plays.
He’s not getting much playing time under Pepe Guardiola and maybe he’s not the type of striker the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager likes?
One seemingly good option for Newcastle is to try to buy Kelechi Iheanacho outright, or as an alternative bring him in on loan for the season with an option to buy.
Chelsea are going to want at least the £33M they paid out for Michy.
But Kelechit joined the Manchester City Youth Academy in January 2014 when he was 17 and at that time signed a pre-contract agreement with the club to formally sign for City on his 18th birthday in October of the same year.
So at least City didn’t pay the mammoth transfer fee that Chelsea plaid for Batshuayi and there’s a chance we could get him in for a (much) lower fee.
In addition he may be easier to bring in on loan than Batshuayi, who’s a more proven goalscorer.
Over the last two seasons Kelechi has played 58 times for Chelsea and scored 21 goals and that includes 12 goals in 42 Premier League appearances; he’s also played 8 times for Nigeria with 5 goals.
It would seem the 20 year-old would be a perfect young player for Rafa to develop into a top-class striker at Newcastle and he would come cheaper than Batshuayi – hopefully.
What do you think about this?