The Lowdown: Newcastle’s interest in Fresneda
Journalist Lee Ryder has claimed that the Tyneside club have been in contact with the 18-year-old’s agent as they seek to win the race for the right-back’s signature ahead of the likes of Premier League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea, who are also credited with an interest.
The Daily Mail recently reported that the Magpies have turned their attentions to West Ham United’s Harrison Ashby after hitherto failing in their attempts to sign the Spaniard last week, although a new update from Romano seems to contradict that report.
The Latest: Romano’s update
Romano took to Twitter on Sunday morning to provide some clarity on the situation.
He claimed: “Arsenal have planned for new round of talks for Ivan Fresneda next week after opening negotiations with both player and club side – Newcastle remain keen on signing Spanish right back. Fresneda would be open to Premier League move.”
The Verdict: Get it done
The aforementioned report from the Daily Mail claims that the 18-year-old’s buyout clause is set at £8.8m, and for a player with the potential that Fresneda possesses, that fee would be an absolute steal.
Matt Clark of La Liga Lowdown has lauded the youngster as being ‘remarkably complete’, adding that he ‘reads the game very well’. That is evidenced by the Spaniard’s knack for making interceptions, averaging 1.52 per 90 in the past year, which places him in the 91st percentile compared to other right-backs in Europe’s top five leagues.
Despite still being at such a young age, the starlet already has first-team experience under his belt with Valladolid, making 12 appearances in all competitions this season and ranking as the squad’s second-best performer with an average SofaScore rating of 6.99.
While Kieran Trippier has been vital for Newcastle this season, starting in all 20 of their Premier League games, he is now 32 and needs a long-term successor. Eddie Howe appears to have identified that in Fresneda, who would appear to be an exceptional signing if the Magpies can win the race for him.