Newcastle were recently linked with Bologna right-back Takahiro Tomiyasu. The interest in the 21-year-old was confirmed by local reports.
Newcastle are currently trying to trim their squad of excess players. Of which they have quite a few at the moment. That’s definitely the case at right-back where there are three on the books.
DeAndre Yedlin is the odd man out and it’s suspected he will be moved on this summer. He finds himself behind Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth while entering the final year of his contract.
Even if Yedlin gets moved, adding another right-back this window seems unlikely. Bruce recently stated it wasn’t ‘healthy’ to have three at the club. Though Newcastle really seem to like Tomiyasu.
Sport Witness have cited a report from Columbia that Newcastle, Wolves, and Everton are interested in Atletico Madrid’s Santiago Arias (pictured above).
Like Newcastle, Atletico have three right-backs on the books with Arias now deemed to be surplus. The Colombian is reportedly available for just over £14m though, at 28, we can’t see Newcastle making a permanent move for him. Especially when the younger Tomiyasu could be snatched for just a little bit more.
Arias joined Atletico Madrid two years ago from Eindhoven but last season made only 18 appearances. He finds himself behind Croatian international Sime Vrsaljko and former Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier.
Arias has 53 caps for Colombia and could strengthen the right-back position. However, he’s been heavily linked with a move to Everton to join fellow Colombian James Rodriguez.
We just don’t think a right-back is on the cards for this summer though either Tomiyasu or Arias would be solid additions.