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Newcastle United Opinion: Why Nicolo Zaniolo will be a top fit for Newcastle?

According to a report from the Chronicle, Newcastle United are scouting AS Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo ahead of a potential summer swoop.

Nicolo Zaniolo, 19, has been hitting the headlines in the Serie A this season and his meteoric rise hasn’t gone unnoticed. The youngster, who joined AS Roma from Inter Milan alongside Davide Santon, as part of the deal to send Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan, has netted five goals and assisted twice in 27 games across all competitions.

Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a lot of interest in the young Italian and Newcastle are the latest to scout him. Roma will undoubtedly do everything to keep hold of Zaniolo, as he has been one of the team’s best players so far this season. However, Newcastle should go all out to land the Roma star after breaking their transfer record in January.

The Magpies splashed out a record fee of £21million for Miguel Almiron in the winter transfer window and the move has worked very well so far. Almiron impressed on his full-debut against Huddersfield Town, and is clearly having a positive effect on a team that was previously struggling for form and goals.

Newcastle fans are understandably thrilled with the way the Paraguayan playmaker has started life on Tyneside but if the Magpies are to improve next season, they surely need to invest more. Interest in Zaniolo clearly tells Rafael Benitez is still not satisfied with the attacking options at his disposal and wants to strengthen them in the summer.

Zaniolo is an exciting, versatile attacker who has managed to make a strong impression in his debut season at Roma. Able to play in a multitude of positions in the attacking third, the young Italian has caught the attention with his silky dribbling skills and the ability to carve open defences with through balls.

He is a gifted player, blessed with good turn of pace, aerial ability and ability to shoot from long distance. Despite standing at 6ft. 3in tall, the teenager can glide past players on the pitch and backs his ability to beat his marker every time. His maturity belies his age and the calmness he exudes on the ball is something is a very rare sight for someone so young.

Given the potential that Zaniolo has shown in his fledgling career at the top level with Roma, it isn’t surprising to see Benitez’s Newcastle planning a summer swoop.

Conclusion

Zaniolo is contracted with Roma until the summer of 2022 and given the impact he has made in his debut season at Stadio Olimpico, it’ll be tough to lure him away to Tyneside for Benitez.

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The Italian is an exciting player and would be a top fit for the Premier League outfit but unless Newcastle don’t break their bank for the 19-year-old, a transfer in the summer looks highly unlikely.

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Newcastle going all out in their pursuit of this high-flying 21-year-old winger would set the PL on fire

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Newcastle United Opinion: Why the Magpies should go for David Okereke?

According to a report from The Sun, Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in Spezia forward David Okereke.

The Nigerian, 21, has taken the Serie B by storm this term, hitting ten goals and 12 assists in 31 games. He has been Spezia’s go-to-man during an outstanding campaign in the Serie B; however, they were beaten by Cittadella in promotion play-offs quarter-finals on Friday.

Failure to achieve promotion will likely see now Spezia lose their academy graduate and the Italian outfit is likely to demand at least £8million for the highly-rated David Okereke, who has also caught the attention of Wolves and Inter Milan, adds the report.

But it’s Newcastle United that should be a perfect fit for David Okereke.

Newcastle couldn’t match last season’s heights and finished 13th on the table this term. The Magpies had a tough 2018/19 season where they struggled for goals. While Ayoze Perez chipped in with goals late on for the team, it was Salomon Rondon who was the club’s chief source of goals.

Rondon has been awarded Newcastle’s Player of the Season award following a fantastic campaign. After moving from West Brom on a season-long loan deal last summer, the Venezuelan has been a revelation at Newcastle. But, aside from scoring goals, he also created a lot of chances for his teammates.

However, the 29-year-old’s future at St. James’ Park hangs in the balance due to the uncertainties over the club’s future. Should Rafael Benitez fail to get the permanent signing of Rondon, Newcastle might be in deep trouble next term.

To avoid such circumstances, the Magpies must sign Okereke, however, he won’t be considered as a natural replacement for the Venezuelan.

Okereke has made waves in Italian football’s second-tier and at 21, he has the potential to become a world-class centre-forward in European football. The Nigerian boasts of good pace and power which helps him to dribble with the ball at high speed in the opposition half.

However, he is a raw talent and will need to sharpen his game if he wants to succeed in the Premier League.

Verdict

The potential addition of Okereke will undoubtedly bolster Benitez’s attacking options at St. James’ Park. Furthermore, he will also add a bit of depth to the Magpies squad which might help them clinch a top-half finish next season.

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For a player with massive potential, Okereke’s addition would be a big coup for Newcastle.

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Newcastle would take a risk by signing this £25m international but here is why the gamble can pay richly

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Newcastle United Opinion: Beating Southampton to sign Yannick Bolasie would be a gamble worth taking for the Magpies

According to The Sun, Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has been linked with Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Southampton ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 29-year-old DR Congo international was deemed surplus to requirements at Goodison Park last summer by new manager Marco Silva and was subsequently spent time on loan at Aston Villa and Belgian side Anderlecht this past season.

Bolasie delivered 2 goals and 4 assists from 9 starts for Villa in the Championship before terminating his loan spell to move to Belgium where he scored 4 goals in 7 league games.

The 29-year-old might not have a future at Everton but his red-hot form on loan spells elsewhere has ensured that there would be no shortage of suitors for the seasoned campaigner this summer, with the Toffees desperate to get him off their books.

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The Sun understands Bolasie’s former club Crystal Palace are also keen on securing his services on a season-long loan deal, while Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, as well as Ligue 1 high-flyers Lille, have been credited with an interest.

Bolasie played for lower league clubs Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City before making his mark in the Premier League with Crystal Palace. The jet-heeled winger went on to establish himself as an influential presence at Selhurst Park and spent 4 seasons in south London, accumulating 13 goals and 30 assists from 144 appearances for the Eagles in all competitions.

The Congolese international completed a £25 million move to Everton in the summer of 2016 but he hasn’t quite been able to produce the same returns, with injuries playing a major role in his downfall. The Sun claims that the Toffees are now willing to cut their losses on him and they would consider bids of around £7 million for the winger in the summer transfer window.

To put things into perspective, Bolasie has been a bit inconsistent over the years but he can be really devastating when he is at his best. Still only 29, he has time on his side to put his lacklustre spell at Everton behind him and restart his career elsewhere.

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Bolasie would be an ideal signing for both Newcastle and Southampton given that both the Premier League clubs need to invest in their wide options this summer but the Magpies should look to try and win the race for the hugely-experienced attacker.

Newcastle are yet to make a call un the future of their charismatic manager Rafael Benitez, with the Spaniard making it crystal clear that he would only sign a new deal if he is backed financially in the transfer window.

Bolasie, 29, doesn’t exactly fit the profile of players that the Magpies usually like to target in the transfer market but given that he would be available for a knock-down price, it probably won’t be a bad idea for Newcastle to offer him an escape route if that is what the manager wants.

While the futures of strikers Salomon Rondon and Ayoze, as well as central midfielders Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame, are still very much up in the air, Newcastle also need to invest heavily in their wide options.

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Robert Kenedy is set to return to his parent club Chelsea after a disappointing loan spell, while Jacob Murphy has hardly made a positive impact on loan at West Brom in the Championship.

Christian Atsu has enjoyed some regular playtime in the north-east but the Ghanaian hasn’t delivered the goods often enough, which should prompt the Magpies to look for reinforcements.

Yannick Bolasie is no world-beater but he has shown in the past how destructive he can be with his pace and power down the flanks. He has evolved into a useful Premier League player over the years and is more than capable of turning games around with his ability to chip in with valuable goals and assists.

Ambidexterity is one of his key traits, which allow him to play on either side of the pitch, dribble at pace and score goals with both feet.

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His level of consistency over the years has been called into question, but given that he would be available on a cut-price deal, it could be a gamble worth taking for a team like Newcastle.

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Wolves would commit the biggest blunder by signing this 29-year-old hitman with £16.5m release clause – Agreed?

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Wolves Opinion: Why Wolves must avoid signing Salomon Rondon?

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Wolverhampton Wanderers have made an enquiry to West Brom about signing Salomon Rondon, as they look to beat Newcastle United to the Venezuelan striker.

Salomon Rondon, 29, who has enjoyed a fantastic time on loan at Newcastle, has a £16.5m buy-out clause. The Magpies boss Rafael Benitez wants to keep the centre-forward, but it remains to be seen whether owner Mike Ashley would loosen his purse strings for a player who will turn 30 later this year.

Wolves appear to be interested in the Venezuela international, who finished the season with 11 goals and seven assists for Newcastle and has one year left on his West Brom contract. Rondon certainly won’t be ready to play in the Championship, so the Baggies have to sell him this summer rather losing him for free in 2020.

That being said, should Wolves pay Rondon’s buyout clause and sign him this summer?

Rondon had a brilliant campaign at Newcastle under Benitez where he certainly surpassed the expectations of the fans.

His hold-up play and ability to link up with the likes of Ayoze Perez, Christian Atsu and others were truly fantastic. In a defensive system employed by Benitez, the 29-year-old delivered 11 goals and seven assists which by no means is a fantastic return.

But as far as Wolves are concerned, they already have their target man in Raul Jimenez. Jimenez initially joined Wolves in the summer on-loan from Benfica before making his move permanent in April for a club record fee of £30million.

The Mexican supplied with 13 goals and seven assists in his debut season in England, playing a crucial role in guiding Wolves to a top-seven finish.

After earning promotion from the Championship last season, Nuno Espirito Santo has continued his brilliant work at the Molineux. The Portuguese manager recruited smartly last summer and is expected to be backed again by the club in the transfer window.

With Europa League football a big possibility next season, the 45-year-old will be fully aware that he needs to add depth to his squad.

Nuno’s priority has to be bringing in a back-up to Jimenez for next season. Diogo Jota has performed very well alongside Jimenez up front; yet, Wolves require more firepower if they are to break into the top six in the 2019/20 campaign. And for that, Nuno must avoid signing Rondon.

Verdict

£16.5million may be a bargain for a player of Rondon’s goalscoring ability in the Premier League, but Wolves, whose ambitions lie in breaking into the top-six, must ignore it.

Plus, one cannot say whether the Venezuelan will be ready for a rotational role with Jimenez or not.

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Thus, Nuno should dodge the Rondon bullet and target a different player to act as a back-up to Jimenez.

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