Newcastle were first linked with Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu in November when Sport Witness had a report that scouts had been out to watch the 20-year-old this season.
The 6’3″ center-back broke into the La Liga club’s first-team this season after making his debut in the Copa del Rey last term. He has been a revelation thus far for Valladolid, starting 23 times.
Salisu is now the subject of attention from several elite clubs with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all coveting the star.
Sport Witness has a new report out this morning confirming that Newcastle are also still tracking the Ghanaian.
It is likely that Salisu will leave Valladolid this summer. He signed his current deal last season and there was a £10m release clause added to it.
The Spanish club have been trying in vain to get the defender to sign an improved deal with the clause either removed or raised to reflect his current market value.
Valladolid’s sporting director Real Angel Gomez recently talked about Salisu’s hesitation to sign a new contract with all of the interest in him:
“Salisu perceives the love of the club because we have made three contracts in thirteen months.
“He knows that he is an important player and that we would like to proceed with that renewal, but today there is a standstill.”
While a center-back may not seem like a necessity this summer, Newcastle’s youngest player at the position is captain Jamaal Lascelles at 26. So we could see a younger central defender added to the ranks.
For £10m, Salisu would be an absolute bargain. Although he is coveted by some high profile clubs so Newcastle could find it difficult to tempt the player to Tyneside.