Newcastle United are reportedly now interested in signing Konstantinos Mavropanos.
The Lowdown: Centre-back needed
After the 4-0 drubbing away at Leicester City in the Premier League over the weekend, it is clear that Eddie Howe needs defensive reinforcements – the Magpies have conceded 34 goals in 16 games in the top flight this term, and a trip to Anfield on Thursday could yet make that figure look even worse.
Should Newcastle sign Mavropanos?
Given that they have already been linked with moves for the likes of Matthias Ginter, Boubacar Kamara and Sven Botman in recent days, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium seemingly want to bring in a new central defender through the doors at St. James’ Park, preferably in the January transfer window to help them out with their relegation battle.
The Latest: Mavropanos interest
As per Bild, his performances for Stuttgart on loan from Arsenal this season have attracted attention from the North East club, who are now interested in his signature.
However, Borussia Dortmund are the favourites to sign him, should the €3m (£2.5m) clause to get him on a permanent deal be triggered by Stuttgart, who would then look to sell him for around €25m (£21.2m).
There are a number of other clubs in England chasing Mavropanos, with the Tyneside outfit thought to be one of them.
The Verdict: Sign
Given the number of centre-back options that Mikel Arteta has at his disposal, including William Saliba, who is currently out on loan as well, Mavropanos may not be part of his plans come the start of next term.
Thus, the Gunners may be willing to sell, whether that be to Stuttgart or a higher bidder like Newcastle, providing the Magpies avoid relegation of course.
Described as a ‘monster’ and ‘gladiator’ who ‘can produce magic’ by Stuttgart head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo (Bundesliga), this is certainly emphasised by his five goals over all competitions from centre-half so far this campaign, as his six-foot-four frame is very difficult to stop when he is in the air.
Nonetheless, at 24 years of age, he is much younger than the likes of Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles, and so has much more potential to grow into one of the best centre-halves in the top flight, perhaps offering the Toon some sell-on value down the line too.
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