Journalist Jacque Talbot has revealed that Newcastle United are now ‘pursuing’ a move for RB Salzburg midfielder Luka Sucic.
The Lowdown: One to watch
At just 19 years of age, and described as a ‘gem’ in the list of the 50 most exciting wonder-kids in world football back in February (FourFourTwo), Sucic is certainly one to watch.
Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has previously claimed that he has ‘big potential’, and the six-foot-one powerhouse showed that on numerous occasions last season, scoring 11 goals and making a further five assists from midfield for Salzburg over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Newcastle pursuit
Taking to Twitter, Talbot has revealed that the St. James’ Park outfit are now ‘pursuing’ a move for Sucic this summer:
“Told Newcastle are pursuing RB Salzburg’s teenage midfielder Luka Sucic. Interest in the 19-year-old dates back to last year when the club met with intermediaries of then Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck – same reps – regarding a possible move.”
Expanding in his piece for Football Transfers, the journalist also added that both clubs are ‘in talks’ over a potential switch, and that Sucic is set to cost around €20m (£17m).
The Verdict: Get it done
In the next step of this exciting rebuild of the Tyneside club, PIF look set to secure the permanent signing of loanee Matt Targett, with Pete Graves of Sky Sports revealing a medical is expected on Wednesday.
However, the new owners will surely be looking to invest in gems for the future not just stars for the here and now, in order to build a sustainable project, and Sucic would certainly fit that bill.
Should Newcastle sign Sucic?
They have recently let fellow midfielder Isaac Hayden go out on an initial loan to Norwich City, with an obligation to buy if specific performance-related criteria are met. The 27-year-old looks to be on his way out for good, and so replacing him with the 19-year-old Sucic would help kickstart the long-term project of the new owners.
Sucic can play pretty much anywhere in midfield, per Transfermarkt, averaging one chance created and 1.6 tackles per game in the Champions League this season, showing excellence on both sides of the ball at the elite level even at such a young age.
This is one to get excited about.
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