The lowdown: Rise to prominence
Signed from Danish top-flight side Nordsjaelland in 2021, the Ghana international has continued on an upwards career trajectory in Ligue 1.
Previously linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, the 21-year-old has developed an ever-rising stock as one of the brightest young prospects around and has already made 70 senior career appearances, directly continuing to 29 goals in the process.
Despite only arriving in France last year and holding a contract until 2026 (Transfermarkt), an emerging report has suggested that Sulemana could once again be on the move this summer…
The latest: Enquiry made
It’s claimed that the Tynesiders have ‘asked’ about the young attacker, having ‘turned their back’ on a pursuit of Leeds United ace Jack Harrison due to a £35m price tag.
The report added that there is also interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax for the £30m-rated Sulemana, who was hailed as an ‘enormous talent’ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig following a sensational performance against Paris Saint-Germain during 2021/22.
The verdict: Blow the budget
Predominantly operating as a left winger, last season, Sulemana scored five times and provided tw0 assists in 27 senior appearances across all competitions, earning an impressive 6.95 Sofascore rating whilst winning 4.8 duels, completing 2.7 dribbles and making 1.1 key passes per game.
Sharing a close stylistic likeness with such well-renowned names as Wilfried Zaha, Said Benrahma and the Magpies’ own Allan Saint-Maximin (FBRef), the £16.2m-valued revelation would be an exciting addition to Eddie Howe’s ranks at St James’ Park.
So far, the newly mega-rich Newcastle under PIF have taken a sensible approach to their transfer activity, refusing to spend lavishly on targets, as proven by the apparent reluctance to meet Leeds’ demands for Harrison.
However, signing a player of Sulemana’s sky-high potential is an opportunity that Dan Ashworth and co cannot pass up. As such, the St James’ Park hierarchy should be pushing hard to make this prospective deal become a reality.
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