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Report: Newcastle are now weighing up bid for 'perfect' Champions League player, would cost £39m
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Report: Newcastle are now weighing up bid for 'perfect' Champions League player, would cost £39m

Newcastle United are mulling over a bid for Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli in the January transfer window.

Calcio Mercato report that the Magpies are one of the clubs who could be interested in signing the midfielder this winter.

They report that Locatelli is not at the top of Max Allegri’s pecking order in his engine room and that has raised the prospect of a transfer.

Newcastle could face competition from Arsenal, who reportedly missed out on him before he moved to Juventus in August 2021, on an initial two-year loan, with Juve holding an obligation to then purchase the player.

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Newcastle could sign Locatelli

The report claims that Locatelli knows his Juventus future is in the balance and is expecting Premier League offers in light of that.

That said, it also says that the midfielder will only leave Turin for an offer of over 40 million euros (£38.6 million).

That is a significant sum, but also one that Newcastle could afford if they think he is as ‘perfect‘ a fit for the Premier League as Arsenal did.

This is an interesting one. Is this just another case of Newcastle being thrown into the rumour mill in connection with a Champions League club’s cast-off because they know they have money?

That cannot be ruled out, and Newcastle have been very clear with their transfer policy since the takeover.

They have stuck with their targets, even across multiple windows and will not be ripped off by agents or clubs, preferring younger, hungrier players on the whole, who are making their way upwards in the game.

James Maddison looks more likely to be the quality midfielder Newcastle go big for in January, but Locatelli did win Euro 2020 with Italy and has Champions League experience.

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