Report: Newcastle look to Isla

Newcastle United are preparing to make an offer for Juventus man Mauricio Isla, according to the latest rumours in the Italian press.

Juventus right back Mauricio Isla has become a target for Newcastle United, according to reports in Italy.

The Chilean international has returned from World Cup duty and now needs to decide on his club future with his position at Juventus unclear.

The Italian champions bought full rights to Isla, who was 50 percent owned by Udinese, but it maybe that the 26-year-old's future lies elsewhere.

According to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Newcastle are plotting to swoop and have readied a bid of around £5.5 million to try and tempt Juventus to let Isla go.

One of Isla's main strengths is his versatility. While he favours playing on the right wing, he is often deployed as a right-back but is also a capable centre-back or central midfielder.

Isla has 51 international caps and was a starter in Chile's World Cup run to the last 16, playing 390 minutes in Brazil with a pass completion rate of just under 77 percent.

Newcastle may face competition from fellow Premier League side Southampton, who are reportedly interested in bringing Isla in.

French side Marseille are also in the frame and Juventus are reportedly waiting for the offers to arrive before evaluating them all at once. 

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