According to Spanish outlet AS via Sport Witness, Newcastle United have entered a race with Premier League rivals Manchester United to sign promising young Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, with La Liga giants Real and Atletico Madrid also in pursuit.
Salisu, who has put together a string of ‘impressive‘ performances this campaign for Valladolid, is now being watched by both the Magpies and United, unsurprising when taking into account his potential. The 20-year-old centre-back has also attracted praise from his club’s current manager Sergio Gonzalez, with the Spaniard hailing him as a player in ‘full growth‘ and one who can only get better over time (GhanaWeb).
Compared to current Newcastle defensive favourite Jamaal Lascelles, Salisu has amassed more tackles on average than the Englishman this campaign (1.4) whilst winning more aerial duels (2.6), as per WhoScored.com.
Those statistics perhaps explain why Salisu is reportedly rated by Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, even if his squad is seemingly well-stocked when it comes to centre-back depth. Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar have all shown what they can offer at different points throughout the campaign but Salisu’s current £9.9m release clause could be a heavy temptation in a swoop for the youngster this summer.
Despite Newcastle’s defensive depth looking like the least of their worries, with priority seemingly placed on finding a prolific goalscorer, the Ghanaian’s cheap price tag could be an indicator that they should try to land his signature ahead of Manchester United.
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