There were reports coming out of Holland yesterday that Newcastle were ready to make a bid for top 20 year-old Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald.
Riedewald can play in defense as a center-back or full back and can also play in defensive midfield and like all players who have come through the Ajax Youth Academy he is very good technically.
He has already played 93 times for the Ajax first team with 3 goals and 3 assists, which tells you how good a player this lad already is.
Jairo made his debut for the Ajax first team in December 2013 as a 17 year-old in the KNVB Cup match against IJsselmeervogels, with Riedewald coming on for Daley Blind under then Ajax manager Frank de Boer.
Ajax are prepared to sell the player with new manager Marcel Keizer saying Riedewald can go to raise cash for new players coming in.
The news is in Voetbal International that Newcastle are keen on the talented youngster, who seems just the type of young, talented player we should be bringing into Newcastle.
Newcastle are reported to be ready to pay the €10M fee (£8.8M) but there’s one problem with all of this.
It seems new Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has already moved in for the defender and it has to be odds on that Crystal Palace will beat Newcastle to a second player this week.
This was after Frank beat Newcastle and signed 21 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan for the season earlier this week.
We’ll have to wait and see, but the London press are reporting it’s almost a done deal already that Riedewald will sign on at Crystal Palace and that Riedewald will join his former manager.
It’s a pity if that happens, because this 20 year-old is just the type of good young player Rafa Benitez could have developed at Newcastle into a top class player.
Not sure how many players Newcastle have missed out on so far this summer, but we must start turning this thing around – and soon too.
What do you think?