Newcastle is still in the race to sign 26-year-old Napoli central midfielder Allan, according to a report in the Sun – and even though we will be signing 21-year-old Spanish holding midfielder Mikel Merino today Rafa could still want the Napoli midfielder at Newcastle on a permanent deal.
That’s because Allan can play in either central midfield position and if we sign the Brazilian U20 International he can be used as a playmaker.
It’s also to Newcastle’s advantage that he can also play as a defensive midfielder.
26-year-old Napoli’s Brazilain midfielder Allan
The fee is said to be around £10M and the Sun reported Napoli were willing to sell him this summer.
The two Premier League clubs who will challenge Newcastle for the player are Southampton and West Bromwich Albion but we seem to have some good momentum in the transfer market at the moment.
We have signed both Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo in the last eight days and are expected to sign 21-year-old Mikel Merino today once he passes his medical – so three players signed in 8 days is good.
The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle are working on several deals at once and hopefully, Allan, who is highly regarded as a very good technical player could be the next one through the door on Tyneside.
The U20 Brazilian Youth International was signed by Napoli two years ago from Udinese after three years at the Zebrette – and he has since played 82 times for Napoli with 4 goals and 12 assists.
He will offer us some skill and class in central midfield and will be able to deputise for Jonjo Shelvey and also challenge the former Swansea City playmaker for a central midfield starting position in the Newcastle side next season.
That’s more competition for places at Newcastle and that has to be good.
What do you think?