There’s a report in the Mirror today that Newcastle scouts ate having second thoughts on whether Hoffenheim striker Joelinton is the right man for Newcastle.
Newcastle were reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Brazilian striker in January and claims that even a fee around £50M had already been agreed for the player.
We doubt that particular report was accurate.
Getting in a new striker while keeping Salomon Rondon at the cub are what Rafa wants to do in the summer, if he decides to stay at the club.
22-year-old Hoffenheim striker Joelinton – would cost £40M
We need more goalscoring power up front although Rondon has been outstanding for us this season with 10 goals.
Joelinton would be very expensive and it’s important to get the right striker in this summer.
Hoffenheim are said to still want £40M for the Brazilian according to the Mirror report, and he has 11 goals and 9 assists this season in 32 total appearances for his German club.
But if we are going to pay out a club record fee of £40M he has to be an improvement on what we already have – a big improvement.
But some of the Newcastle scouting team are now thinking he may not be enough of an upgrade – especially for £40M.
If Rafa stays at Newcastle – we think he will – the 58-year-old wants to bring in five new players and sell at least that same number this summer to allow for new players coming in.
It’s always important to get players who are no longer wanted at Newcastle – off the wage bill.
If Rafa stays it should be a significant transfer window for Newcastle and Rafa will want players moved in quickly this summer.
Newcastle must be more ambitious and direct when we go after Rafa’s targets.
What do you think?