The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Mike Ashley will finally break the club’s transfer record this summer and secure the signing of a quality player, and recent reports suggest a marque signing could be available for as little as £18 million.
According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Mario Gotze is available for £18 million this summer, with 5 Premier League clubs – Newcastle included – interested in signing him from Borussia Dortmund. Although the reports offer some encouragement for the Magpies faithful, they will not be holding out too much optimism regarding a potential deal due to Mike Ashley’s tight-fisted approach to running the club in recent years.
Gotze – famously recognised for his World Cup winning strike in 2014 – is an immensely creative player with plenty of tricks up his sleeve, but he has struggled to discover his best form in recent years due to injury and general problems with regards to his health and match fitness. It would undoubtedly represent a risk to bring him to St James’ Park this summer, but the hype and belief his arrival would bring to the club makes the transfer a risk worth taking.
Last season the German international only managed to make 19 Bundesliga starts, scoring 2 goals and providing 4 assists in the process. However, Gotze should be excused for his mediocre season on the basis that he was making something of a comeback after spending the majority of the previous season on the sideline.
On his day Gotze is a devastating midfield talent with flair, trickery and vision to offer in abundance, and under Benitez he would be well placed to rediscover his best form. At 26-years-old Gotze is far from finished and only a fool would write him off at this stage in his career.
With Ashley likely to remain as owner this summer, it’s about time he rewarded the loyal supporters who form the backbone of the club with a sensational swoop for an exciting number ten who could completely transform Newcastle’s fortunes next season and set a precedent for other top players to move to Tyneside.
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