The Star have an exclusive out today that both Newcastle United and tomorrow’s opponents Watford are in transfer talks to acquire Nantes Ligue 1 forward Ludovic Blas.
The 24-year-old joined Nantes from EA Guingamp in the summer of 2019 and since then the forward has played 87 games for Nantes with 26 goals and 7 assists.
He has also played for the France U20 side and he was part of France’s U19 European Championship squad back in 2016 when they won the European U19 Championship.
The report suggests that he has been labeled as talented as Mohamed Salah, and other Liverpool greats, but if that’s true, why isn’t he in the current full French squad?
To be fair, he has been a star at Nantes over the last two seasons, with the player usually playing on the right wing, although he can also play in central midfield.
His five-year contract with Nantes runs out in June 2024, and he is now attracting interest, at least from Newcastle and our opponents tomorrow afternoon, Watford.
Former Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella has said this about Blas in the French magazine So Foot
“When it comes to pure talent, I rate Ludovic Blas above all others.”
“I played with Coutinho, Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, I know what they are capable of.”
“And when I see what “Ludo” is doing in training or in games, he has nothing to envy them when it comes to talent.”
Our heads are starting to spin with all the transfer links to players we have seen this month, but it does show the Newcastle recruitment team and owners have done their homework.
And Newcastle seem determined to bring in two centers-backs, another striker, and also a central midfielder before the month is out.
Maybe Ludovic Blas will be the central midfielder?
What do you think?