TalkSport are reporting that Uruguayan international Giorgian De Arrascaeta is interesting Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
The 24-year-old currently plays for the Cruzeiro club in Brazil.
De Arrasceata started his career playing for Defensor Sporting in the Uruguayan Primera Division and made his first-team debut back in October 2012, when he was just 17.
He plays as an attacking midfielder with a vast array of skills and scored twice for Uruguay when they finished runners-up to France at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
24-year-old Uruguayan international Giorgian De Arrascaeta
De Arrascaeta made his debut for the Uruguay senior team in a friendly match against South Korea in September of 2014 and currently has 16 caps with 2 goals.
He is reported to have a £18M release clause in his contract, and the report says that Rafa would be willing to pay that amount.
Wonder if that’s been OKd by Mike Ashley.
That’s a lot of money to pay for a player who has not been tested in the top leagues like the Premier League.
The report says that he almost joined Monaco last summer but couldn’t agree on personal terms, which is not thought to be a problem at Newcastle.
Celtic are the other club reported to be interested in the player and they could offer him Champions League football but 18M is a lot for the Scottish Premiership club to pay.
De Arrascaeta played a number of games for Uruguay in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.
His brilliant form at club level meant that he was included in the final squad of 23 for Uruguay.
He seems exactly what Rafa said he needed this summer – players with class – and we assume he could play in the number 10 position at Newcastle.
Now the big question – can Newcastle move quickly to sign this lad up?
Probably not, but we hope so with only 24 days left in the transfer window and he would be a very popular signing with fans.