At the close of the 2018 summer transfer window, Nikola Vlasic was heavily linked to Newcastle. The player had just been frozen out of the first team at Goodison Park by newly appointed manager Marco Silva. A loan to move Newcastle, whose struggles with closing permanent deals is well documented, seemed a good move for both parties.
Nikola Vlasic– while playing for Everton
However, the summer 2018 transfer window closed without a deal. Whether there was really anything in the link we don’t know. He later moved on loan to Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow where he has done quite well. Vlasic has made 29 total appearances for the club with 8 goals in all competitions
Vlasic is a versatile midfielder who can play centrally in an attacking role or on either side of a front three. His versatility and skill would suit Newcastle very nicely.
It remains to be seen if he has a future at Everton and what his relationship with Silva is like currently. And with CSKA Moscow unlikely to be able to come to a permanent deal for the young Croatian, a move to Newcastle could make sense.
He definitely has ability and would add something to the Newcastle attack. With Rafa Benitez coaching him, he certainly would improve as a player.
The fee would likely be one that Newcastle could manage and at only 21 years old, he fits the profile of buying young players.