The Chronicle have revealed today that NUFC already have a deal in place that will enable us to sign goalkeeping hero Martin Dubravka for just £3.5m if we wish to do so at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old Slovakian was handed a surprise start against Man Utd yesterday, however he shone as well as any NUFC debutant has done in recent years with an incredible all round display.
He made several superb reflex saves, looked confident from crosses, was quick off his line and seemed calm and assured with his distribution, seeming like the ball playing goalkeeper we’ve sorely missed in recent seasons.
After such an outstanding start to life on Tyneside, excited fans have naturally wondered about our option to sign him permanently, with it emerging from the Chronicle today that the fee in place is actually LESS than £4m.
Here’s what the Chronicle have had to say on his potential permanent move following yesterday’s 10/10 display:
“Newcastle can clinch a deal for Martin Dubravka for less than £4million at the end of the season.
“According to sources in Prague, the terms of his loan are that United paid around a £1.7million loan fee to take him from Sparta Prague until the end of the season with an option to make it a permanent deal for around £3.5million at the end of the campaign.”
There’s still a long way for him to go, with this only being the first of many games he can expect to play between now and the end of the season, but it’s fair to say the early signs are good!
Continue to perform anywhere near that level and you can almost guarantee we’ll be seeing him sign on a permanent deal come the summer – especially for a fee of just £3.5m.