Newcastle United’s prior relationship with Gleison Bremer’s agency could be key as they pursue the Torino centre-back, The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder says.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport (via The Chronicle) has named Newcastle among a lengthy list of clubs interested in Bremer.
Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid were also identified as admirers.
Bremer is represented by CAA Base, whose clients also include Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
Ryder confirms that Newcastle have been watching Bremer and notes that Torino have ‘leaked’ €50million (£41million) price tag to the press in Italy.
The Magpies may hold a ‘trump card‘ over their many competitors because of CAA Base’s ‘relationship with head of recruitment Steve Nickson’.
This would be a real coup for Nickson and Newcastle.
Bremer is a dominant centre-back, ranking in the 95th percentile for aerial duels won per 90 minutes, and his average of 2.35 blocks per 90 (96th) also suggests he’s something of a warrior.
But that’s not to say the Brazilian’s old-fashioned. In fact, he records a high volume of dribbles (82nd percentile), indicating that he has a great deal of confidence in possession.
He also defends on the front-foot, slotting into the 98th percentile for pressures and leading the way in Europe’s top five leagues for interceptions per 90 minutes. That means he’s making more than renowned specialists like N’Golo Kante.
Journalist Maxi Angelo says he should be a contender for the Serie A Defender of the Season award, while Tifo Football’s Seb Stafford-Bloor has uniquely described him as ‘a vending machine of a centre-half‘.
In other news, one Newcastle player was rated just 4/10 vs Leicester.
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