The President of Deportivo Municipal, José Córdova, has confirmed that Rodrigo Vilca is all set to sign for Newcastle United this week.
He states that, after a ‘formal approach’ from NUFC, the 21-year-old talent will fly out to Tyneside on Thursday to complete his move to St James’ Park.
This comes after Peruvian journalist Diego Montalvan confirmed on Monday afternoon that we’d had a big accepted for the South American playmaker, and the latest comments emerging from his current club’s owner suggests it’s all but done.
Here’s what he had to say to Peruvian radio station Voces Futbol Peru:
“There is already a formal proposal by Newcastle and Rodrigo Vilca will travel to England on October 1,”
“He is a very important player for us, but he will play his last match this Wednesday.
“He has a community passport because he lived in Spain for 11 years so he will not be a foreign player for Newcastle.”
The Chronicle insist that the club don’t see Vilca as a ‘ready-made first team player” just yet, meaning he could link up with our U-23’s initially.
That said, the same was said about Ayoze Perez following his low-key arrival from the Spanish second tier – and it didn’t take him long to become a regular part of our starting 11!
One to watch on Thursday, with Vilca set to play in his farewell game for Deportivo Municipal the night we play at Newport on Wednesday.