We were first linked with 25 year-old Torino central midfielder Afriyie Acquah last summer and also about three weeks ago last month Ghana Soccer were reporting that Acquah was a priority signing for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle were said at the time to be willing to pay £8M for the defensive midfielder, although Italian Champions Juventus were also said to be interested in the player.
The news today is that Acquah is likely to be leaving Italy altogether this summer, with the player confirming a move to England is almost completed.
25 year-old Torino central midfielder Afriyie Acquah
This is what the 18 times capped Ghanaian International has said to footballmadeinghana.com:
“Yes, it is very likely I will be moving to England.”
“It is 90% complete, but we are still talking, once we finish, I am sure an announcement will be made.”
“It has been a dream of mine to play in England and I am very close to achieving this.”
The 18 times capped Ghanaian international joined Torino as a free agent from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015.
He is a hard-working midfielder who is good in the tackle and does what defensive midfielders are supposed to do – win the ball in midfield.
He has even been compared with the Chelsea great Michael Essien because of his combative style of play and ability to win the ball.
While it’s an implicit assumption that he’s coming to Newcastle there have been no other clubs linked with him this summer – other than Juventus.
It is expected that Acquah will come in to challenge 22 year-old Isaac Hayden for the defensive midfield berth in the Newcastle first team with local lad Jack Colback very likely to be sold this summer.
There was a report only yesterday that Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce. Jack’s former manager at Sunderland, were willing to pay out £5.2M to get the Newcastle-born star.
The earlier report on Acquah in Ghana Soccer last month was that Rafa Benitez wanted to sign the Ghanaian last summer, but Newcastle being relegated stopped that from happening.
This lad looks like a strong player so let’s hope we can get him to Newcastle with the move said to be 90% complete – however often the last 10% is the most difficult.
But we hope we can this lad signed and through the door – and this week too!