The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle may well splash the cash in January and are looking seriously at Sporting Lisbon defender (center-back) Ousmane Diomande.
The 19-year-old 6ft 3ins center-back already has one cap for the Ivory Coast and looks like a great player in the making.
The Newcastle scouts have been watching the young defender several times this season and are said to be very impressed.
The Sun reports that the latest scouting trip came only last weekend when Sporting were beaten 2-1 by Benfica.
The young Diomande played the whole game and has played 16 times this season for Sporting Lisbon with two goals.
He was transferred from Danish club Midtjylland to Sporting Lisbon on 31st January 2023, for a fee of €7.5M (£6.5M), and signed a four-year contract until 2027.
So if a deal can be made with Sporting in January, the famous Portuguese club stand to make an enormous profit on the player.
Since making his debut for Sporting back in February of this year he has been a regular starter with 33 goals, 3 goals, and one assist.
He played the full game last weekend against Benfica.
However, TEAMtalk has reported that Sporting will not entertain a January sale for their top teenager, and have a release clause of something like £70M in his contract.
That’s for a player they signed for £6.5M only 10 months ago?
Newcastle presumably would need to pay the full release clause to get him in January, but they will not do that.
What Newcastle will probably so is propose a well-structured deal where they pay a lot of monetary add-ons depending on how Diomande does on Tyneside.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in Diomande, with reports the Gunners have already spoken with his agents at Prospect Global. about a possible move to the Emirates.
The best chance Newcastle could have is to try to sign him in January since Arsenal are only looking at a move this summer for the talented Ivory Coast International.
As for his International career Wikipedia reports that Diomande was called up to the Ivory Coast national team for a set of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches in September 2023, and he made his debut in a 1–0 win over Lesotho on 9 September 2023.
This lad looks like a future star, and since we have only recently been linked with an interest in 21-year-old Everton center-back Jarrad Branthwaite, we are certainly looking at some top young central defenders.
And that’s exactly how it should be.
What do you think about this?