Some slightly out of the blue claims have emerged from Brazil today, with it being reported in South America that Newcastle are preparing a move for Vasco de Gama forward ‘Marrony’.
It’s said that the 20-year-old – who often operates as a winger but can also play up top – has been closely watched by Newcastle’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson, and Globo Esporte are now reporting that we’re preparing a formal offer to sign him.
The following tweet has also been shared by Vasco da Gama news page @NCB_VASCO, which translates to: “ABOUT TO LEAVE? Striker Marrony is being watched and has interest from Newcastle in England. A proposal should arrive in the coming days. Marrony has a €35m release clause, but due to Vasco’s current conditions, it should be negotiated to a lower amount.”
His current release clause is around the £30m mark – a fee we’re never going to pay for an unproven youngster – however Globo Esporte claim that he could make the move to Tyneside for a significantly lower fee, with his current club struggling with a few financial issues.
Presuming this is true (and I have serious doubts), this would be another hugely risky move and one that suggests Mike Ashley has no learnt from his mistakes (shock horror!). Instead, he seems intent on signing young talents who may make him a few million – forgetting the fact proven players with Premier League experience are key following Rondon and Perez’s exits.
They may be exciting, but will they keep us up? Look what happened when we signed the likes of Mitrovic, Thauvin and Mbemba..
Marrony has bagged 6 goals in 32 appearances for Vasco, with Sporting Lisbon said to be the other European side keen to sign him this summer.
Here’s him in action: