The Chronicle are reporting today that manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to follow up the Salomon Rondon loan signing – expected to be announced today – with 19-year-old PSG left-back Stanley N’Soko in a permanent deal.
We have our doubts that PSG will let the teenager leave after he has looked very impressive playing for the PSG first team this summer.
But if we can sign him permanently he will be a terrific acquisition for us and will immediately challenge Paul Dummett for that left-back starting position.
PSG French left-back Stanley N’Soko
It seems the teenager wants to join Rafa in the Premier League at Newcastle, although the fee has not yet been agreed.
But earlier reports last week from the French press suggested Newcastle had offered PSG €7M up front with €4M of potential add-ons.
So with the add-ons, that’s close to £10M (£9.8M) – a very decent fee for an untested 19-year-old.
Ajax’s 25-year-old Argentine International Nicolas Tagliafico (8 full caps) is also a possibility to come in this week.
Ajax want £8M for him (plus an agent’s fee), so how is that too much for Newcastle to pay – which is what’s being reported.
Rafa is also after a center-back to fill in for Florian Lejeune who could miss most of the season with a serious ACL knee injury.
Let’s hope we can get players in that Rafa wants before Thursday night – it’s the least he deserves.