According to The Chronicle, Jetro Willems’ dream return to Tyneside could be scuppered by the new post-Brexit transfer rules.
German outlet BILD reported just yesterday that the Dutch international was on the brink of an emotional return to Newcastle, with him set to become a free agent after refusing to sign a new deal at Frankfurt.
But, with the UK having left the EU, new restrictions have been put in place that affect the footballing world too, with only top international footballers automatically qualifying for a visa in a points-based system that would’ve ruined previous moves for the likes of Florian Lejeune and Ayoze Perez had it been introduced sooner.
Newcastle United would have to convince authorities that Willems IS eligible for the move, and if the answer is no, would have to go through an appeals process.
The left wing-back is clambering to play in England again, with The Chronicle even revealing that the 27-year-old has recently switched agents to Base Soccer in London in hope of securing a return to Tyneside.
Fans are desperate to see him back in black and white, as he put in some exciting displays during his 2019/20 loan spell – striking up an entertaining partnership with Allan Saint-Maximin both on and off the pitch!
He has, however, not played a single minute of competitive football since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Chelsea over 15 months ago.
With Ritchie possibly on his way out and Willems being a cost-effective transfer on a free, he would definitely be worth taking a punt on if our budget is limited for next season – if post-Brexit rules allow it!