The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle will attempt to sign 22-year-old Brazilian striker Joelinton this summer – he currently plays for 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
We have been linked with the striker for a few weeks now, and he will cost a lot of money.
The Sun reports we are willing to offer £40M for the striker – which would be a record transfer fee for the Magpies.
This season he has played 30 times in all competitions for Hoffenheim and has scored 9 goals, and he also has 11 assists.
Joelinton – 22-year-old Brazilian striker
Rafa has asked Mike Ashley and his people to show their ambitions for the club, and we suppose this is an attempt by Mike Ashley to show Rafa he is willing to support him in the transfer market.
But maybe Rafa wants this deal approved before he signs along the dotted line to stay at Newcastle beyond this summer?
Joelinton has been in impressive form for his German club this season after his impressive form in Germany.
The 22-year-old completed a two-year loan stint at Austrian club Real Wien last summer; he played a total of 79 games with 21 goals and 9 assists for the Austrian club.
We expect Rafa to want to know exactly how far along a possible deal is for Joelinton.
And it would not be too surprising if Rafa does not sign a contract extension for Newcastle until a deal is signed to bring the Brazilian striker to Tyneside.
There will be competition from some big clubs for the Brazilian.
What do you think?