EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle set to be offered £17.5m centre-back as club push for quick profit

Merih Demiral may be joining Atalanta on a permanent deal, but it seems the Turkish international could still end up on Tyneside this summer.

Speaking exclusively to NUFC Blog, Football Transfers correspondent Jacque Talbot has revealed that the Serie A side hope to sell the centre-back for a quick profit, believing Newcastle will be one of the club’s offered a chance to strike a deal.

Following his spell on loan from Juventus last season, Atalanta have just triggered their option to sign him on a £17.5m permanent deal. However, it seems the 6ft 4′ defender may not be sticking around long, as the cash-strapped Italians believe they can sell him for more this summer.

Newcastle have been tentatively linked with a move for the 24-year-old and Talbot believes those links could re-emerge soon if we’re willing to pay around £27m – a fee that would allow the Bergamo-based side to make £10m.

Here’s what he told us about the Turk’s future; which appears anything but settled despite his arrival on a permanent move:

“I’m told Atalanta have exercised their option to buy for Demiral and now plan to sell him immediately at a higher price.

“I have no doubt in my mind Newcastle will have their name attached to the player.

“Atalanta will be on the phone in no time, although Newcastle won’t be the only club offered the chance to sign him.

“I expect them to demand around £27m, allowing them to make a quick profit of £10m or so.

“With Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles’ futures in doubt, it could make sense to bring in a young, talented right-sided centre-back who can be a first-team starter, especially when Eddie Howe has been tipped to sign more than one central defender.

“I’ll be expecting developments on this one.

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2 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle set to be offered £17.5m centre-back as club push for quick profit

  1. Do you really believe the owners of Newcastle will pay ten million over the recent sale price? They have already stated there will be no ‘magpie’ tariff, and even if Atalanta had first refusal, they will not overpay by that percentage.


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