Newcastle United have lots to do in the transfer market with only a month left to complete their business. Rafa Benitez will be pushing the board to get him the players that he believes the club needs in order to compete in the Premier League.
Spanish outlet Mi Otra Liga and the Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder (see Tweet below) report that the Magpies’ boss has been in contact to the agent of Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa about a move to Tyneside. The newly-promoted club are targeting Spain, with both reports also referring to interest in Lucas Vazquez.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 31, 2017
Although Atletico have a transfer ban that prevents them from making any additions during this window, they may be prepared to let Correa go out, whether that be permanently or on a loan deal. At the age of 22, the Argentine will want to play regular football and an opportunity to do that in the Premier League could be one that appeals to him.
The La Liga side are looking at bringing Diego Costa back to the club, as reported by ESPN, and that is a deal they could complete this summer, despite the transfer ban that prevents them from registering new players. If they manage to complete the purchase of the Chelsea man, a departure for Correa will be more likely.
What would he bring to Newcastle United?
The Argentine has a lot of quality and he showed flashes of it last season for Atletico. In 31 La Liga appearances, ten of which were starts, he contributed four goals and eight assists. Considering he was mainly used as an impact player, this represents a good return for the 22-year-old. He is versatile, as he can play centrally or on the right wing, which are two positions where Newcastle need more depth.
Correa is a forward who looks to create opportunities for others and his team-mates often benefit from his selfless instincts in the final third. He is a powerful and quick dribbler with excellent ball control, which allows him to weave in and out of challenges.
The 22-year-old manages to read the game well in the final third, as he often makes the right decision when the ball is at his feet. Although he has creative tendencies, the Argentine is an assured finisher when required. Under Diego Simeone, he has improved his defensive contribution a lot, which is required in English football. His physicality would be a concern initially, but he could adjust given time.
The reliability of the source isn’t well known, but it has been picked up by the Chronicle, which suggests that they believe it is a rumour that has substance to it. Benitez will be working his contacts in Spain and Correa is certainly a player that would interest the Magpies boss if he was available.