Newcastle United’s summer transfer window has followed a familiar pattern so far with Mike Ashley typically failing to splash the cash on new talent, and a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests the club could be about to let another ideal opportunity slip through their grasp.
According to the recent report, Manchester City’s teenage sensation, namely Lukas Nmecha, has emerged as a target for West Bromwich Albion, although Swansea City have offered terms to the 19-year-old.
The exact details of the offer are unclear from the report, but logic would suggest that he is the subject of a loan bid from the Swans rather than a permanent bid.
And although Newcastle look set to welcome Yoshinori Muto to the club subject to a work-permit, Rafa Benitez should join the race for the teenage sensation before he misses the chance to bring a striker with raw potential to St James’ Park.
Nmecha has been knocking on the door for a first-team opportunity at Man City in the last two seasons, and it’s only the extent of the quality which Pep Guardiola has available to him at centre-forward which has prevented him from breaking through.
The German-born attacker scored 20 goals from 19 appearances in all-competitions for the club last season, including 15 from 11 for the reserve team.
With a record as scintillating as that it’s no wonder the likes of Swansea and West Brom are expressing an interest in Nmecha’s services, and his poachers finish during a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich has served to intensify rumours linking him with a summer loan move.
Naturally, signing Nmecha would represent a risk for Benitez considering he has virtually no previous experience at senior level, but a loan deal would represent nothing more than a drop in the ocean in financial terms so it’s certainly a gamble worth taking.
With a natural eye for the back of the net, the desire to play off the shoulder of the last defender and plenty of pace to burn, Nmecha could be a huge asset for the Magpies next season if Benitez is able to hijack Swansea’s bid.
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