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Report – Rafa Interested In £14M Rated 25-Year-Old Japan International Striker


The Mirror is reporting on their live blog today (reporter David Anderson) that Newcastle are interested in signing one of Japan’s World Cup squad.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez returned to Newcastle yesterday for a vitally important meeting on transfers at St. James’ Park.

The Newcastle manager is said to be interested in 25-year-old striker Yoshinori Muto.

Muto has been playing for Mainz in the Bundesliga for the last three seasons, and in that time he’s played 72 times with 23 goals and 11 assists for the German club.

Before that, he was at his hometown club FC Tokyo where he played 61 games with 26 goals and 5 assists over a couple of seasons.

25-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto

Muto stands about 5ft 10ins tall and is said to be valued at around £14M by his German club, and that’s a fee Newcastle should be able to afford for a striker we desperately need for next season.

Rafa has restricted funds once again this summer – at least until we sell some players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Mat Sels and Chancel Mbemba – who could bring some money into Newcastle’s coffers.

But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle pay £20M or more for any one player this summer since Rafa wants at least six new players brought into the Newcastle squad this summer.

If Rafa Benitez rates the player, then that’s fine and Muto’s stats in Germany, which is a physical league like the Premier League, look reasonable.

Muto has yet to play for Japan in these World Cup Finals in Russia.

Comments welcome.


182 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #81

    Well said Moony. Remember lads, Thongs of Gloom are on sale for only seven euros. Get yours now and avoid the end of window rush….

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #82

    Rob

    I can’t believe I spelt Cathar incorrectly, anyway he was a modern version of a troubadour they are continuing the tradition in much the same way as modern Druids.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #83

    G2

    I’ll wait until the end of the window just in case I can pick up a cheaper one or even a loan deal!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #84

    I’m sure, with Rafa’s attention to detail he would have his targets at the end of last season. Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes? But we are so passionate we deserve to be kept informed. Why on earth would we bother with posting on this blog if we weren’t totally obsessed? The owner is a disgrace to be honest and anyone who supports him is deluded if they consider him our saviour!

    2
  • lochinvar

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #85

    Korea ending result for Joachim, must be a Low point for him

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #86

    Quietly creeping up to Lee Chutney’s open office window. “Hello Mike? Lee Chutney here. I just wanted you to know that I’m stalling nicely on the new contract for Rafa. He generally falls asleep about 5 minutes after I start droning on about issues of tax, possible inclusion of dry cleaning fees etc. etc. Yes things are going perfectly. And I’m dragging my feet on all player movement just as you asked. What’s that Mike? Under no cirmcumstances spend any money whatsoever? Yes of course….”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #87

    Lovely to see the Germans crying at the end of a football match for a change.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #88

    @85 Ouch!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #89

    Here we go. Brazil vs Brentford, I wonder how they’ll get on.

    3
  • simon376

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #90

    Just guessing and hoping, but if what you have heard is right Micky, would you hear because a buyer from your way is involved?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #91

    Marcelo is starting to look like one of them tramps you see on the Wire pushing a shopping trolley about.

    1
  • Canuck Mag

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #92

    Of hit 3 balls with one kick

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #93

    if you were to compare Serbia to Newcastle, you’d have to say we were better but they’re better in the attacking third which is funny as their star man is our third choice striker behind the mighty Joselu and Gayle.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #94

    Strange that Jail should mention Brentford

    Alan Judge the Irish mf who we were linked
    with often has eventually made a good recovery
    from a broken leg.

    He looked good earlier in the month on tour
    with Ireland in the USA

    He’s really a Rafa style dynamic player

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #95

    everyday we see the words linked,interested or keen, how about we see the words agreed, close or i don’t know how about something like signed, just a thought.

    Ffs.

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  • 9

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #96

    ITV commentary 7.20 “He’s a real handful, Mitrovic, isn’t he” (v Brazil)

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #97

    Brazil 1 up

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  • DaveD1000

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #98

    Mitro looking a bit static………

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #99

    just noticed milan punished for breaching fair play but man city and psg continue to do whatever they want

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  • toon kk

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #100

    I’ll be pleased when the transfer window is shut, all this speculation bull sh.t.
    We all know that we’ll wait as long as possible, the players we really need won’t arrive.
    Ash oot!!!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #101

    How about you listen to what’s been said a thousand times – nothing will happen until after the money goes in?
    It’s been repeated again today in the Chronicle Q&A session.
    Why Ashley can’t put the money up front is the real question, but it is Ashley after all so really, nobody should be surprised. He is a dick after all.

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  • lukes26

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #102

    Mitros been poor you’d have to say.

    Serbia are playing similar to newcastle & you can see that mitro gives defenders too much time to pick passes & doesn’t stretch the defense

    He’s given away possession too often as well.

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #103

    Micro hasn’t broken a sweat yet.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #104

    Wonder if the german press are sharpening there knives the way the english press do with such an epic football failure??

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #105

    DubaiM

    If the news about Rafa signing up’s proved to be true, it’ll be fantastic news – apart from anything else, he’ll have forced Ashley’s hand. We can only but wait for confirmation and if/ when it comes, I’ll be delighted to admit my forecast that he wouldn’t be offered acceptable terms, was wrong. I hope that will be the case.

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  • Canuck Mag

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #106

    Dammit mitro use your feet

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  • lesh

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #107

    Klippety Klopp to Germany’s rescue? Ah, but were that to be the case……….

    1
  • jezza442

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #108

    Two good chances missed by mitro, oops make that 3.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #109

    2-0

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #110

    If England win the world cup I’m off to Greenland or somewhere. Seriously good chance u guys

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #111

    And misses next match if they do pull off a miracle.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #112

    Well at least Mitro can be sold next week now Serbia looked doomed.
    And with Rafa apparently signing a new contract Friday all is looking rosy in the Nufc camp

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #113

    …and Jazzyp at least we have both Gayle and Joselu 😉

    1
  • ashleysmate

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #114

    Dubai#10….interesting, but keep wearing the bullet proof vest for now eh?!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #115

    Jazzy,
    Aye, what a happy camp we have!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #116

    Jesper,
    And Serbia have Mitro, oh hang on a minute, he’s banned next game.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #117

    Mitro has been poor this half. Profligate in front of goal, ill disciplined in defence and petulant with the referee. Hope it’s shown a few why Rafa was reluctant to use him.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #118

    This is more like Brazil – scary monsters. 🙂

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #119

    …we still have Gayle and Joselu!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #120

    Jail…maybe when we sell Mitro we can bring in a young expensive prospect on the wing and buy another Joselu!

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