Newcastle are reportedly closing in on the signing of Peruvian youngster Rodrigo Vilca after the midfielder broke into his side’s senior team Deportivo Municipal, with the Mail claiming the Toon are ‘on the brink’ of securing his signature.
Here are five facts on the 21-year-old, who is set to join Newcastle:
Costing just £250k, but set to leave straight away
The Mail’s report claims that Vilca – who has scored four goals and creating three assists in his 26 senior appearances for Municipal – will cost Newcastle just £250,000. However, it is believed he will leave on loan immediately after joining.
Nolberto Solano – who is working as an assistant with the Peru national team and as a coach of the Under-23 side – has begun to play a part in his development, with The Mail claiming he has been promoted to the national team on occasion.
Naturally an attacking midfielder, Vilca can not only play in the 10 role or in central midfield but he also offers ability and cover on either flank – if his senior appearances for Municipal are to be used as evidence.
Reportedly same agent as Peruvian legend
According to TransferMarkt, Vilca is looked after by agency Red de Agentes Deportivos SAC. It is an agency that focus on Peruvian players – including former Benfica and Watford star Andre Carrillo, as well as Peru legend Jefferson Farfan.
Premier League debut makes him no.6
The sixth Peruvian, that is, to feature in the top tier of English football – following that of ex-Newcastle man Nobby Solano, goalkeeper Diego Penny of Burnley, Claudio Pizarro at Chelsea, Carrilo at Watford and Ysrael Zúñiga for Coventry City.