Anyone who has watched La Liga regularly over the last two seasons will know that Jonathan Viera is a joy to behold on top form. Diminutive, creative and capable of producing something out of very little, if Las Palmas are Spain’s ‘Great Entertainers’ then Viera is their impish choreographer.
It’s no wonder that the 27-year-old has attracted interest from clubs outside of his Canary Island home. In fact, the only surprise is that it took this long for Viera to find himself at the centre of a tug of war involving not two but three Premier League sides.
Paul Clement's Swansea are interested
Statistically, Viera had an impressive campaign with seven goals and seven assists while his dazzling display in the 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in March was one of the finest individual performances in La Liga last season.
On paper, then, Viera is exactly the kind of player Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been crying out for. A reliable goalscorer but a creator in equal measure, the former Spain Under-21 international could be the perfect number 10 for his system.
The problem, however, is how much it would take to lure Viera from Las Palmas. Canarias 7 reports that he has a £26.3 million buyout clause in his contract, meaning he would comfortably shatter Newcastle’s transfer record.
Viera is a good player but, even in the madcap market of the Premier League, he’s not quite that good. For £26.3 million, Newcastle would want a forward capable of hitting double figures but he’s only managed that once in his entire top flight career.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez
Therefore, although Benitez is clearly frustrated and desperate to get deals over the line, it’s difficult to imagine him convincing owner Mike Ashley to part with £26.3 million for Viera.