The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas is reporting that Newcastle have been offered in demand Augsburg left-back Philipp Max.
The player, however, is heavily linked with both Liverpool and Barcelona. His fee is about £18m and he would be perfect for Newcastle as a left wing-back.
The advantage Newcastle would have over Liverpool and Barcelona is that Max would be first choice for the Magpies while he would only be brought in as cover for both Liverpool and Barcelona, at least initially.
Philipp Max– Augsburg’s assist machine
Philipp Max, 25, has been at FC Augsburg since 2015 where he joined from Karlsruher for €750k. He is a product of the Bayern Munich academy but left on a free to join the excellent Schalke youth system in 2012.
He is primarily deployed as an attacking left-back but can also play as left-sided midfielder. This past season he made 34 appearances with 4 goals and 4 assists for Augsburg.
In 2017-18, he set the Bundesliga record for a defender with 13 assists. He is an excellent crosser of the ball and also takes a lot of Augsburg’s set pieces.
He is the son of former German striker Martin Max who led the German first division in scoring on two separate occasions.