Newcastle were linked with Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin this past summer. With the return of Gianluigi Buffon, the shot-stopper was deemed surplus to requirements and available for a move.
Portuguese Champions Benfica had a fee of €15M accepted for the now 27-year-old in July. However, the Italian failed his medical due to a shoulder problem.
The medical at Benfica revealed that the shoulder injury Perin had suffered in April would take around another four months to heal. With that news, Benfica pulled the plug on the deal.
Perin is working his way back to fitness but will be ready for action soon. However, he will likely not feature for Juventus and should be available for a move in January.
Newcastle have two goalkeepers with contracts expiring in 2020 in Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot. While reports are that Newcastle would like to extend Darlow, there has been little action on that front.
Rather than risk losing Karl on a free, Newcastle could look to recoup some of the fees they paid for him and offload him in January.
Perin is a very talented keeper who has just had rotten luck since moving to Juventus from Genoa in 2018. A loan deal with an option to buy in the £8-10m range could be sound business.
Dubravka needs to be pushed. With Darlow and Elliot behind him, Dubravka’s first-team place is basically assured every week. Bringing in a talented keeper like Perin makes sense in that regard.
It could cause problems for Freddie Woodman, whose current contract runs out in 2021. However, Freddie should still be extended and offered out on loan next season as well.
Bringing Perin to Newcastle would strengthen the position and could prove to be a bargain if he can recover the form he had at Genoa.