German outlet Kicker is reporting that any move for Hoffenheim striker Joelinton from England is not as advanced as recent claims suggest.
News broke yesterday of Newcastle readying a club record deal for the Brazilian. These reports were from the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.
It was Luke Edwards of the Telegraph who furthered the claim when he stated that a deal was in place for Joelinton:
Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but the need to have a manager in place is growing more urgent by the day as they also need him to give the green light to that transfer.
This is what Kicker is reporting today:
At the moment, Joelinton is at the training ground of TSG Hoffenheim in Zuzenhausen despite reports from England that the transfer of the attacker is nearing completion.
It is also planned that the Brazilian will travel with the club to their training camp in Windischgarsten.
According to information received by Kicker, an imminent departure of the 22-year-old is not to be expected, even if Newcastle United was already after the prospect in the winter.
The report also says that the fee could be well past the reported £36m from yesterday.
It details the recent departures of left-back Nico Shulz to Dortmund for €25.5m and midfielder Kerem Demirbay to Leverkusen for €32m to suggest that Hoffenheim have no need to sell.
This makes perfect sense as Joelinton just had his contracted extended in November to 2022. Last season was also his first with the German club after he spent two years on loan in Austria with Rapid Vienna.
They may see Joelinton as a big part of their future and be unwilling to part with the player.
No to sound too cynical but this report came at the same time that Newcastle extended the window for people to renew their season tickets.
While it’s most likely coincidental, you can’t blame anyone for making that connection.