Dutch international defender Jetro Willems has announced his intention to leave Eintracht Frankfurt this summer. He played 36 times this season but played most of his games in a central-midfield role. He informed Dutch television show VTBL that he wants to leave the Europa League semi-finalists, as he feels he is being wasted out of his favoured left-back position.
He also confirmed ‘there is interest’ from both Roma and Newcastle United.
Newcastle have been linked with a move for Willems on numerous occasions in the past. In December it was suggested by the Daily Mail that Rafa Benitez had earmarked the player as a potential option at left-back.
So should Newcastle bring him in?
Willems cost Frankfurt a fee reported by the Daily Mail to be in the region of £4.5 million. They will undoubtedly want to at least make that money back on the player. That seems to be in the ball-park of Newcastle United’s transfer strategy.
Newcastle, as reported by The Telegraph, also have an under-26 age policy when it comes to signing new players. Mike Ashley wants players signed with high resale value. It is one reason why they are not likely to sign Salomon Rondon permanently and is a sticking point regarding the hopes of keeping Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park.
At 25-years-old, Willems comes in just under that age barrier.
Seemingly affordable, the right age, in a position Newcastle need cover and seemingly interested? Willems should be a no-brainer signing this summer.