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Benitez Pursuing Very Highly Rated 20-Year-Old Full-Back

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle’s scouting team have been watching young Barcelona left-back Marc Cucurella, who has had a good season on loan at Eibar.

The 20-year-old left back is a Spanish U20 International who has played once for the full Barcelona side.

He played 30 games with one goal while on loan last season at Eibar, and he looked an outstanding young player.

He was the best player on the pitch when Eibar beat Real Madrid 3-0 at home in late November last year, and he had a hand in all three goals.

The interesting news is that Eibar have an option to buy him for just €2M this summer.

It’s difficult to believe he’s going to be that cheap given the outstanding season the youngster has just had.

Marc Cucurella – star man in Eibar’s 3-0 home win over Real Madrid

However, Barcelona will likely put in the contract a €4M “buy-back clause” in case he becomes an excellent player and they want him back at Barca.

How’s that for winning whatever happens to the player?

Newcastle could possibly move in but Rafa will not have that 4M buy-back clause in the contract, and that could kill any deal.

Rafa is very wary of improving a player for another clubs benefit, and he will only do that for Newcastle’s benefit.

It would look like the 20-year-old could be a good bargain buy.

But the deal Newcastle would want is probably a loan deal with an option to buy at a specific price next summer with no buy-back clause possible.

Sevilla, Real Betis, AC Milan, and Borussia Dortmund all have an interest in the impressive youngster.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 24, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Who will be first
    The Tories to elect new leader
    Or the Toon in confirming Rafa is staying or going?

  • Mindshaft

    May 24, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Talks gave come to a standstill with neither side giving way – presumably fatty will be true to form and allow Rafa’s contract to expire before putting out a press release re: financial stability, unable to compete in transfer market etc

  • toon kk

    May 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Same usual, being linked with dozens of players and it’s all just speculation.
    Rafa will hopefully sign a new contract or the club will fall apart. Not sure if Ash realises that.

  • hibbit

    May 24, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley’s PR drum will start beating a very repetitive tune very soon 😉


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