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Newcastle: Ben Jacobs insists PIF may have an opportunity to sign Dusan Vlahovic

Newcastle: Ben Jacobs insists PIF may have an opportunity to sign Dusan Vlahovic - Newcastle United News

Ben Jacobs believes that an opportunity may well present itself and allow Newcastle United to land Serbian international Dusan Vlahovic.

The Lowdown: Newcastle to target a new striker

Despite the Magpies going out and splashing a club-record fee on Alexander Isak less than 12 months ago, the worrying form of Callum Wilson this season could well be a cause for concern.

Newcastle’s number nine hasn’t found the back of the net since the end of October, which has coincided with the Magpies being part of several 0-0 games post-World Cup, so PIF may look to do business in the summer.

If Newcastle are wanting to be competitive in the league and potentially Europe next season they will need strikers who are clinical and proven, something Wilson isn’t at European level, but Vlahovic certainly is.

The Latest: Vlahovic to look for a quick exit

The Serbian international has only been at Juventus for just over 12 months but is already being tipped with an exit due to the Old Lady’s off-field issues and that could leave the door open for Newcastle according to Jacobs who was speaking on his latest Twitter Space.

He said: (59:45) “I also think that there is an opportunity for Newcastle to enter into certain races that they wouldn’t have predicted at the beginning of the season because of Champions League football. Whether that’s for, example, a player like Dusan Vlahovic.”

The Verdict: PIF to make a statement of intent

It has been reported that Vlahovic, who has been hailed as a ‘ridiculous’ player by Micah Richards, has a price tag on his head of around £80 million according to Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia), which is quite hefty but given he signed a long-term deal just 12 months ago and has been firing in the goals in Turin, it’s not a surprise.

Vlahovic’s arrival would likely signal the end of Wilson being the main man on Tyneside given his age and the fact he’s struggling for form and has a horrific injury record following him around.

However, it would indeed be a hefty deal for PIF to splash out on especially when they have a young striker in the form of Isak within their ranks, but if the opportunity presented itself it would be madness to not sign someone so young, an international for his country and has a record of 57 goals in 124 Serie A games.

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