Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Serie A side Sampdoria have made an offer for Newcastle United-linked striker Jan Carlos Hurtado.
According to Grupo La Provincia, Newcastle made the first move to sign the 19-year-old Venezuela international earlier this month. He has a contract at Argentine side Gimnasia La Plata until June 2021.
Being used up front and also out wide, Hurtado scored just two goals in 17 games for Gimnasia this season but there is plenty of potential there. It has alerted the Toon, but they may be losing to Sampdoria in the race for his signature.
That is because Sampdoria have submitted an offer worth £1.75 million to sign Hurtado. The report claims that Gimnasia rate Hurtado at around £3.5million, and are likely to request more money from Sampdoria.
Newcastle are yet to make an offer for the South American teen, but the striker’s tiny asking price could tempt owner Mike Ashley into pipping Sampdoria to Hurtado this summer.
Ashley and Rafa Benitez are locked in contract talks, and it seems as though all pointers suggest that the Spanish boss will remain in charge of The Toon this summer.
It is believed that Ashley only wants to spend money on players that boast plenty of resale value, such as Miguel Almiron. Hurtado also holds the advantage to resale profit.
At just £3.5million, the striker is hardly a risk given his bargain price tag. Ashley should chance his arm in the young striker, but he will have to move quickly to beat Sampdoria.