On Tuesday, the Chronicle had reported that Newcastle were interested in Augsburg left-back Philipp Max. They intimated that he was mentioned to Steve Bruce as a possible target.
The Daily Express have followed up with a new report from last night that the left-back is being considered by Newcastle.
The player is an excellent attack-minded wing-back who is one of the better crossers in all of the Bundesliga. He is 25-years-old and has the pace to bomb down the left and the accuracy to execute pin-point crosses into the box.
He is said to be available for £18m and would be a great addition to Newcastle.
Philipp Max– Augsburg’s assist machine
He is primarily deployed as an attacking left-back and would fit perfectly in a back five where Matt Ritchie played the second half of last season. This past season he made 34 appearances with 4 goals and 4 assists for Augsburg.
However, it was in 2017-18 that he set the Bundesliga record for assists by a defender with 13. He also takes a lot of Augsburg’s set pieces.
The downside is that he is being tracked by both Liverpool and Barcelona. However, they are both seeking him as cover while Newcastle would presumably want him in the first eleven.
Liverpool are looking at Max to deputize for Andrew Robertson and basically replace Alberto Moreno in the squad. Moreno’s contract was not renewed and he has since joined Villarreal.
Barcelona reportedly have Max as a back-up plan if they are unable to acquire Junior Firpo from Real Betis. However, that move is making decent progress.
At Barcelona, Philipp Max would still have to battle it out with Jordi Alba who only just turned 30 this past March and has shown no signs of slowing down. Last season he had 54 appearances with 3 goals and 17 assists for the La Liga champions.
So if Newcastle want Max and are willing to pay the £18m for him, we think they certainly would have a good chance of getting him.
This is a link that we hope has something to it. And in today’s market, £18m should not be a deal-breaker for a Premiership club in desperate need for an attacking left wing-back like Max.