Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing up a move to sign Piero Hincapie in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle after centre-back
The North east club conceded no fewer than 62 goals in the Premier League last term, and will certainly need to improve on that defensive record if they have any ambitions of climbing up the table.
The Latest: Hincapie eyed
As per Diario de Sevilla, the Tyneside club, as well as Atletico Madrid and Real Betis, are interested in signing Hincapie, who currently plays in the Argentinian top flight with CA Talleres.
He has a contract there until 2025, but Hincapie may well be persuaded by a move to a top league in Europe, and likewise Talleres may be willing to sell if a good offer comes in for him.
The Verdict: One for the future
Given that the likes of Atletico Madrid, recent La Liga winners and an established UEFA Champions League side, are interested in Hincapie, he clearly has a lot of potential.
He has been playing men’s football since 2019, despite being just 19 years of age (Transfermarkt), and at six-foot tall, may still have room to grow.
Should Newcastle sign Hincapie?
Currently starring in the Copa America with Ecuador, Hincapie is winning no fewer than 8.7 of his duels per game in the tournament, and is also averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.7 clearances and 1.3 interceptions, not to mention 1.7 successful dribbles per match (Sofascore), which is very impressive for a central defender.
Nonetheless, the Magpies would do well to prize him away out of the hands of the likes of Atletico.
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