If you thought us closing in on the loan signing of Arsenal’s Rob Holding was bizarre, you’ll struggle to comprehend the big claims coming out of Turkey on Saturday tonight.
According to Turkish outlet Mynet, Newcastle are close to striking an agreement with Galatasaray to sign their star centre-back Marcao.
They claim the Brazilian could complete a £15m move to Tyneside “next week”, and, to add fuel to the fire, it’s also emerged that the 24-year-old has just followed Newcastle United on Instagram:
Turkish reports and Instagram activity aside, I’m REALLY struggling with this one.
If our budget really is £30-£35m and we’re ‘boxing smart’ in the transfer market as a result, why on earth would we spend this sort of money on yet another centre-back?
Unless we’re cashing in on both Schar and Lejeune and there’s a more sinister reason behind Jamaal Lascelles’ absence from today’s squad in our win over Barnsley, I just can’t comprehend why we’d need Holding AND Marcao when we’ve already go SIX capable central defenders on our books.