Newcastle United have shown just how desperate the Tyneside club are to replace Joelinton after Gazzetta.it reported that the St. James’ Park outfit have offered a quite staggering €135m, which equates to roughly £120.6m, to try and prise Ciro Immobile away from SS Lazio in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Should Newcastle cut their losses with Joelinton after the takeover?
Considering the rather huge price tag, coupled with the fact that Joelinton has not exactly hit the ground running in his first season in the northeast, one could argue that the lucrative offer shows just how desperate the Toon are to replace the 23-year old.
Having arrived for a club record £39.6m from German side TSG Hoffenheim in last summer’s window, the Brazilian has not really set the world alight in English football considering the relatively hefty transfer fee that was paid for his services. Indeed, the striker has scored a mere three goals and supplied just four assists having featured in 34 games in all competitions under Steve Bruce in the 2019/20 season, according to Transfermarkt.
On the other hand, Immobile is having quite the opposite effect in Italy so far in this campaign. Having played in 33 matches in all competitions, the 30-year old has notched up a staggering 30 goals whilst also providing a handy seven assists, as per Transfermarkt.
With the proposed takeover of Newcastle still a distinct possibility, perhaps the club could be able to afford the massive £120.6m transfer fee, and by spending so much money on a proven goalscorer, the Italian international would be virtually guaranteed to start when available.
As a consequence, this could be bad news for Joelinton, who may lose his place in the starting 11 or, even worse, be sold by the club.
Geordies, is Immobile worth £120.6m? Would he be an ideal upgrade on Joelinton? Comment below with your views!
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