According to the Chronicle, ‘there’s a belief’ that Newcastle could pay around upwards of £30m to sign highly-rated Brazilian striker Joelinton this summer.
This comes from the Chronicle’s piece which looks at the current transfer window, but I’m struggling to believe it.
While our interest in the Hoffenheim star has been talked up for some time, I can’t see a world where Mike Ashley pays this sort of money – meaning this move feels reliant on a takeover for me.
After all, Joelinton may be tipped for the top and a player who fits Ashley’s buying policy in terms of age and potential, but there’s only so much ‘sell on value’ that can exist if you pay huge money in the first place – and we all know how his mind works.
Nevertheless, here’s what Chris Waugh has had to say when asked ‘how likely’ it is that we break our transfer record this summer should Rafa sign a new deal:
“Joelinton of Hoffenheim is certainly someone the club have tracked for a long time, and there is a belief that United would be willing to pay upwards of £30m or even £40m for the Brazilian 22-year-old striker.”
Joelinton is looks a real talent – I watched him in the Champions League against Man City and he was very impressive – but are we really going to see Mike Ashley pay this sort of money for a striker who bagged 11 goals and 9 assists in Germany last season?
Unless there’s a takeover and Rafa tells any potential new owner that this is the man he wants, I really can’t see this happening – but I’d be happy to be proved wrong!