Newcastle United have enquired about Villarreal wonderkid Yeremy Pino, according to Spanish sources (via Sport Witness).
19-year-old Pino is predominantly a right winger but is also capable of playing on the left flank.
He’s made 34 appearances for Villarreal this season in all competitions, scoring seven goals and providing four assists.
The Spaniard is one of the most heavily-used teenagers in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, Pino still has more than five years remaining on his contract with The Yellow Submarine.
The report (via SW) states that Newcastle have ‘made contact’ with Villarreal over a potential deal for Pino.
They face competition from Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, who have also established a dialogue with the Spanish club.
Newcastle have not yet decided whether they’ll pursue Pino, but if they do so, they may have to pay his €80million (£67.1million) release clause.
Pino underlined that he was a ‘special talent’, in the words of Fabrizio Romano, by bagging four goals in a 5-1 win over Espanyol last month. He became the youngest player in history to score a La Liga first-half hat-trick.
There is, however, an interesting sub-plot here. Newcastle, of course, came close to appointing Villarreal boss Unai Emery after they sacked Steve Bruce.
Could that lead to some friction between the two clubs? Villarreal president Fernando Roig Sr was apparently left ‘upset’ by the situation, while some figures at the club were surprised by leaks to the UK press on the day of a ‘big’ Champions League game against Young Boys (via The Athletic).
Newcastle could, of course, simply pay the release clause, but that would mean obliterating their £39.6million transfer record. Ideally, they could negotiate a lower fee, but that may depend on the state of relations.
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