The president of Deportivo Municipal Jose Cordova has confirmed on Las Voces Del Futbol Peru (via Mark Douglas) that Rodrigo Vilca will sign for Newcastle United before the summer transfer window deadline.
Speaking to the radio station, Cordova confirmed:
“There is already a formal proposal by the NUFC and he will travel to England on 1 October.”
José Córdova, president of Municipal, has confirmed Rodrigo Vilca will join #nufc.
"There is already a formal proposal by the NUFC and he will travel to England on 1 October." (via @VocesFutbolPeru)
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) September 28, 2020
The Peruvian is regarded as a promising talent and has recently been called up to the international squad by Ricardo Gareca.
However, the Tyneside club apparently fear that he may lack the physical capabilities to make an impact in the Premier League just yet, and so Vilca may be moved out on loan from the North East in order to continue his development.
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Indeed, it is not hard to see why he can be seen as such a prospect. The highly-rated playmaker has scored four goals and made a further three assists in 28 matches over all competitions while playing in Peru, according to Transfermarkt.
In 12 games in Peru’s Liga 1 this year, Vilca has won a rather impressive 6.6 of his duels per match and has also averaged 1.5 key passes and 1.6 successful dribbles in addition to 1.3 shots per game, as per Sofascore.
At just 21 years of age as well, Vilca still has time to grow and develop in the attacking midfield role; and if he can improve his physicality, perhaps he would be able to break into the Magpies’ first team under Steve Bruce.
However, perhaps a loan move away from St. James’ Park could help him achieve this goal in the future, so long as the Toon can get his signature over the dotted line first of all.
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