Newcastle United: PIF eyeing Lucas Chevalier move this summer
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly eyeing a potential Newcastle United move for goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier.
The Lowdown: Goalkeeper conundrum
Eddie Howe currently has four senior goalkeepers in his squad in Nick Pope, Martin Dubravka, Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie, while Karl Darlow is also on loan at Hull City in the Championship.
Pope is no doubt his undisputed number one, having started 27 games in total for him over all competitions so far this season, but Howe may look for a new number two this summer, given that Dubravka’s long-term future is uncertain after he was allowed to join Manchester United on loan in the first part of the season, while both Karius and Gillespie have not been used at all.
The Latest: Chevalier interest
As per Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, Newcastle are keeping Chevalier ‘under observation’ ahead of a potential move this summer, while fellow Premier League rivals Fulham are also doing the same.
The goalkeeper did renew his contract at Lille until 2027 at the end of January, but could still be available for the right price.
The Verdict: Perfect understudy
At 21 years of age, Chevalier would be the perfect understudy for 30-year-old Pope, and has the potential to eventually succeed him as the new number one at St. James’ Park.
Journalist Zach Lowy recently hailed him as part of a ‘really exciting‘ Lille team, who are currently fifth in Ligue 1 and chasing a UEFA Champions League spot for next season.
The six-foot-two colossus has played a key role in that, conceding just 14 times in 17 league matches, and keeping an impressive seven clean sheets (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, if he continues to impress, Chevalier will likely attract more interest come the summer, so it is important that the Magpies wrap up this deal quickly.