As recently as a week and a half ago, Newcastle were linked with interest in French U21 international striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
He has been linked with Newcastle throughout the summer with reports that Newcastle had even bid for the player.
Well, the player has recently suffered a knee injury and will now be assessed by a specialist as to its severity.
#Bundesliga #Vorbereitung Sorge bei #Mainz05 ums Knie von Jean-Philippe Mateta! Er kam zu Beginn des OPEL-Cup-Spiels Mainz gegen Sevilla (Halbzeit 0:4) an Krücken ins Stadion – Diagnose noch nicht bekannt! Sieht aber ernster aus, rechtes Knie mit Schiene ruhig gestellt… pic.twitter.com/7E2teKDtXq
— BILD FSV Mainz 05 (@BILD_mainz05) July 27, 2019
The tweet above roughly translates to:
#Bundesliga #Preparation worry # Mainz05 about the knee of Jean-Philippe Mateta! He arrived at the beginning of the OPEL Cup match of Mainz against Sevilla (halftime 0: 4) on crutches to the stadium – diagnosis not yet known! But looks more serious, right knee placed in a splint …
Mateta is an excellent young prospect. He is only 22-years-old and reminds us a bit of Demba Ba. He signed for Mainz last summer for €10M from Lyon. He had an outstanding debut season in the Bundesliga scoring 14 goals in 34 league appearances.
He was actually tracked by Newcastle last summer before joining Mainz as Yoshinori Muto came the opposite way to Newcastle.
Before completing his move to Mainz, the striker reportedly was keen on Newcastle. Team Talk reported the following last summer:
“Mateta is understood to be keen on making the move (to Newcastle), and Newcastle are keen, but as are a number of rivals – with the likes of West Ham, Leicester, and Everton also expressing an interest.”
We certainly hope that the injury is not too serious as he is an exciting young talent. It seems that Newcastle have moved on from Mateta as a target recently. It may have been because his fee is reportedly in the £35m range.