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Newcastle United: Magpies in Lisandro Martinez mix

Newcastle United: Magpies in Lisandro Martinez mix -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United are reportedly now in the mix to sign Lisandro Martinez this summer.

The Lowdown: Centre-back wanted

The St. James’ Park outfit are reportedly in a ‘strong position‘ to sign central defender Sven Botman from Lille, but with interest from Serie A champions and UEFA Champions League qualifiers AC Milan as well, it may still be a difficult deal to get done.

Thus, they may have to look at other targets in the centre-back position, and a few new names have now been cropping up.

The Latest: Martinez interest

As per 90min, the Magpies are now in the mix to sign Martinez from Ajax, although Arsenal are the favourites at this moment in time.

Nonetheless, they are thought to be keeping a close eye on his situation, as are Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, FC Barcelona and Inter Milan.

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The Verdict: Botman alternative

Martinez would certainly be a good alternative to Botman, should they not be able to get that deal over the line.

Should Newcastle sign Martinez?





Nicknamed the ‘butcher of Amsterdam‘ for the way he battles at the back, the Argentina international is not afraid to get stuck in, but is also comfortable at playing out from the back.

Only his teammate Daley Blind (83.2) made more passes per match than him (81.8) in the Eredivisie last season (WhoScored), and so the £28.8m-rated defender would slot in nicely under Eddie Howe.

In other news, find out who is now ‘set to leave’ NUFC here!

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