Newcastle were reported to have watched Real Valladolid center-back Mohammed Salisu earlier this season. The 20-year-old Ghanaian has been a revelation in La Liga since breaking into the Valladolid first team this season.
Salisu has started all 13 matches in his first full season with the Spanish club’s first team. This past May, he extended his contract to 2022 after making his senior debut last season in the Copa del Rey.
It was thought that Sevilla was in the lead to land the youngster. However, their director of football Monchi recently refuted any suggestion that they were tracking the player. Monchi denied the claim in the lead up to Sevilla’s trip to face Valladolid this afternoon.
The original report said that Everton and Schalke have also been scouting the 6’3″ defender along with Newcastle. Now according to The Pink Un, citing reports from Spain, Norwich City have also sent scouts to watch the exciting prospect.
Salisu has a €12m buyout clause in his contract, and it is highly unlikely any club will be able to get him for less than that fee. However, he looks an outstanding prospect and could be a player Newcastle are tracking to add some youth in central defense.
If Federico Fernandez, whose contract runs out in the summer, is not given an extension, Salisu could be seen as a replacement. There is also Ciaran Clark, whose deal only runs until 2021. With both Newcastle defenders over the age of 30, bringing in Salisu, who turns 21 in April, could be a sensible move this summer.