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Tight Summer Budget Could Cost Newcastle A Chance At Wonderkid

In November of 2019, it was revealed that Newcastle’s Head of Recruitment, Steve Nickson, was on a scouting mission in South America. When asked about his chief scout at the time, Steve Bruce made the following declaration:

“He’s in South America on business.”

Newcastle have been linked with a few South American prospects over the past couple of years. We added Peruvian Rodrigo Vilca just before last summer’s window slammed shut. Bruce has a decision to make on the best path forward for the 22-year-old.

Before Vilca was brought in for around £250k, Newcastle were linked with a couple of South American wonderkids in Facundo Pellistri and Alan Velasco. Pellistri ended up landing at Manchester United in a big-money move last October while Velasco (shown above) has remained with Argentina’s Independiente.

In January, Newcastle were again linked to the teenage winger. However, his reported release clause of £17m made him an unlikely target.

Football Insider recently reported that Brighton are trying to seal a move for the 19-year-old. They are apparently willing to shell out some serious cash for him.

According to the report, The Seagulls have had a £6m pound offer rejected for the young Argentine. They are apparently undeterred and readying an improved bid to test Independiente’s resolve in keeping hold of their prized winger.

There’s little chance Newcastle will enter the fray with a reported budget in the £10m range. Bruce cannot take a risk of spending anywhere near that amount for a teenager who will take time to develop.

It remains to be seen if Brighton are able to land the young dribbling maestro. However, the fact that they have reportedly bid £6m for him after a season playing behind closed doors could mean some clubs in the bottom half of the table have a better than anticipated summer budget.

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62 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #41


    I guess members of UEFA (their board or whatever) would have to vote on it. I’m sure he voted against it and spoke strongly about it to persuade others. Maybe news of some corruption surrounding that will come out one day, but that’s where it stands at the minute. If arbitration doesn’t go our way then the league would probably have rejected the deal on piracy grounds anyway. So I don’t think any of this new news affects us at all.


    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #42

    I imagine the years of theft probably played a fairly big part as well haha

    I doubt he would of been pro Saudis deal as well but I dont think he would of needed to do much lobbying to get it turned away

  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #43


    It comes as no surprise to me, I don’t think it will for many!

    Someone may be doing a investigative piece into all the goings on.

    Maybe the FBI will ride in and clean house.

    Corruption in all of footballs governing bodies should be a concern for all nations!

    If we get the fan led review into football, this should be brought up!

    I reckon Jacobs would say something if he had the evidence, no point biting a hand that feeds you until you have another food source.

  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #44

    Nobody said it affected us

    This is the news that Jacobs said would be damning to the Saudis. Just like he said the WTO report would be damning….


    Next attempt please

  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #45


    After the FIFA and UEFA fiasco that should of been enough for there to be a huge revamp of the football authorities across the world.

    Even with this fan led review which I hear now is not very fan led and it’s more controlled.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #46

    None of this matters.

    If they drop the court cases against each other I believe this would pass.

    Until one of them blinks or a outcome were they both appear to win we’ll have this stalemate.

    I wish they’d all just sort their shit out!

    Bored with this palaver!

  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #47

    I concur but I do think we are closing in on the end game

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #48


    I mean Jacobs comments about arbitration not going our way, this could then potentially affect the deal. I’m just saying I don’t think it affects us at all. He had news about UEFA and Saudi and then just guessed how it could potentially affect us. All my point was is that if we lost arbitration the league could claim piracy for rejecting it regardless of this uefa news.

  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #49

    The point of all this was to show that Jacobs can’t be trusted and that he is pro beIN and pro PL

    His agenda is to pour scorn all over the Saudi state

    Control the media you control the world

    This is what they did during the O&D tests with the mud slinging campaign against the Saudis and one of the main reasons they released the statement of intent to pull out the deal.

    Media across the world so this on a daily basis

  • Online Guy

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #50

    The piracy was in the past..any issues should be, and probably will be, about the here and now.

    Ashley has a case in his personal litigation against the premier league

    The arbitration on separation is the only issue for the Club and a successful takeover .

    On the long gone piracy issue, imagine you lot in the UK were watching Danish football on set top boxes and various gadgets..internet etc, would the Danish Royal family get the blame for you lot watching for free?

    You will probably come back on that one and say the Royals in SA are also the rulers ..but it sounds bloody daft and is being levelled against the royals out there and would have been why, because of pressure from Bein on the Prem, that the takeover answer was stalled, and as we know the Prem wanted to chuck it out on Piracy if they could lump PIF and the state and with it the Royal family, together.

    Reading that last bit back tells you that the Premier league are sly and wanted to stop the takeover in order to satisfy Bein and take their Billions.

    If it can be proven right now that PIF is a separate entity and the state has no Governance on the financial speculators and money experts that run PIF then why bother with arbitration ? Just pass the takeover .

    Seems to me the Prem are still bowing to Bein’s jealous wishes who want to keep the Saudis down and out of the football equation.

    Message to Masters and Hoffman, Stop pandering to Bein and the bankrupt Greedy six .

    Get it passed without the Arbitration.

  • peter5199

    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #51

    Come on you lot, we are NUFC. Nothing works out as it should.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #52

    So the PL shouldn’t be bothered that their product is being stolen?


    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #53

    Long gone piracy issue? Still on the FBI watch list arent they?

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #54

    the subtext was the same as what you said. an average striker with a few goals is far more likely to win player of season than a great defender. goals stick in peoples memories. how often do you see a midfielder dominate a game for 90 minutes and an anonymous striker puts one in late on with his first touch and gets voted man of match.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #55

    Oh dear, Munster will have prematurely evacuated after reading that Luke Edwards article 😕

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #56

    They could give it away for free if they’re paying for it.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #57


    Should be paying Nufc fans to watch some of our games last year.

  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #58

    The UEFA rejection of the KSA bid for broadcasting rights doesn’t show the supposed Qatar-Saudi peace talks in good light. It suggest that Qatar are still ‘at war’ with Saudi Arabia.

    However, it could well be that Qatar’s UEFA rep had no part whatsoever in any discussions on the matter. 🙄

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #59

    If you’re still about and have plenty of time on your hands, there’s some good articles on FF scout about all the teams different players. Let’s face it, despite our interest in football not many of us would know who Slovakia’s starting RB is or which Swiss striker is nailed on to start etc, there’s also some good articles by Andy on You Tube on Let’s talk FPL, I’m sure there are plenty of others as well. In fact you might be better off looking at any Aussie content as they seem to know a lot more about the international players than we do as they tend to watch all the top leagues over there.

  • captainmarvel

    Jun 4, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #60

    It can be proven easily that piracy in any media including football is a worldwide problem, just check on line..
    I just find this Bein sob story absolutely ridiculous.
    To single out one country is laughable and can easily shot down by any competent brief..So leave it to the legal eagles to sort it as it looks quite straight forward to me..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #61

    One post in an hour, jeez has everyone eloped to .co.uk, tumbleweed Town won’t know what’s hit them 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2021 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #62

    Even if the weather’s nice one could be sat in the garden with an alcoholic beverage of their choice and imparting their thoughts on the blog. Unless of course you’re stuck on a dirty big oil rig and preparing yourself for a 12 hour shift 🙁


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