The Mail are reporting today that Newcastle are making a move for 26-year-old Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto who now seems a real target for Rafa Benitez.
The £9M rated striker performed well for Japan in the World Cup and has been linked with Newcastle all summer long.
Talks are said to be at an advanced stage for the 26-year-old, and the fee is an initial £9M – perhaps with bonuses linked to how he performs t Newcastle.
26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto – turned down Chelsea in May 2015
Muto is not a prolific goalscorer, but he is a good mobile striker.
He moved to Mainz from FC Tokyo back in the summer of 2015, and since then he has played 71 times with 23 goals and 11 assists for the Bundesliga club.
Last season he has scored 10 goals and 5 assist in 30 total games.
When Muto moved to Mainz from FC Tokyo back in 2015, he had the chance to join Chelsea but he turned them down because he thought Mainz was the right level for him.
He would be a decent buy for Newcastle at £9M and he does have class and skill – things Rafa is looking for in players he brings to the club this summer.
There’s also news that goalkeeper Matz Sels is close to a move to Strasbourg in France for £3.5M.
We are also reported to be close to getting Fabian Schar for his £3.5M relegation release clause from Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mail are reporting he is supposed to be having a medical today before his move to Tyneside – he would be a terrific buy for Newcastle especially for a fee of only £3.5M – a real bargain.
Fabian is a classy center-back who starred for Switzerland in the World Cup in Russia.
What do you think?