According to the BBC, Leicester City have agreed a £30 million deal with Newcastle United to sign Ayoze Perez. The Spanish forward will join the Foxes this summer, subject to personal terms being agreed.
From a business perspective, this is a great deal for the Magpies, considering they only paid £1.5 million to sign Perez from Tenerife in 2014, as reported by the Guardian. The north East club have clearly made a huge profit on the 25-year-old.
However, Perez’s departure does leave a hole in the squad at St James’ Park. Perez was a key player for the club last season, registering 12 goals in the Premier League. The Magpies certainly need to replace Perez, and now have some funds with which to do so.
However, before spending any of their newly-acquired £30 million on a forward, Newcastle should consider a swoop for free agent Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck left Arsenal this summer following the expiry of his contract. The 28-year-old is now without a club. Recent seasons have seen the striker hampered by injuries. He’ll now be keen to get his career back on track. St James’ Park could be the perfect place for him to do that.
The 42-cap England man certainly has the capacity to shine for Newcastle. What’s more, he has the versatility to feature anywhere across the forward line, much like Perez did.
Welbeck could reignite his career with Newcastle, and provide a smart replacement for Perez in the process.