Spanish publication AS is reporting today that Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign 31 year-old Valencia midfielder Enzo Perez this summer.
The Argentine is now said to be surplus to requirements at Valencia and since clubs know Rafa Benitez is looking for central midfielders this summer his former club have offered him the player.
The fee set for the Argentine is not cheap at €10M (£8.7M) and that’s fairly high for a 31 year-old past his best.
Perez joined Benfica back in 2011 and stayed at the Portuguese club for three years before joining Valencia in 2014 for €25M which is round £21.7M with today’s currency rates.
This starts to get interesting because Spanish publication Sport is reporting that Newcastle have already bid the required £8.7M for the central midfielder.
Perez has been capped 19 times (one goal) for Argentina and was in the squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when Argentina were beaten 1-0 by Germany after extra time in the final.
What happens with this deal all depends on whether Rafa rates the Argentine and he will have had plenty of reports from his many contacts in Spain on how the 5ft 10ins tall playmaker has performed for Valencia last season.
If Rafa rates this player then we could have already put in a bid for him.
It had been expected the Argentine would return to his homeland with a move to River Plate, who were reported to be very keen to sign him.
On Tyneside the news yesterday was that Rafa was not at all happy that we have signed only one player this summer with three or four transfer targets lined and close to signing two or three weeks ago, yet not one of the players has been signed.
The news is that Rafa will be meeting with Lee Charnley over the next 24 hours to sort out what the difficulties have been with these specific transfers – in an effort to try to sign players this week.
Preseason training starts at Newcastle next Monday.
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