According to Foot Mercato, Newcastle are interested in signing Matteo Guendouzi, who is currently on loan at Marseille from Arsenal.
What’s the story?
Well, Newcastle are no strangers to signing French players, as seen in the previous captures of Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Now, the Magpies could be about to bring another to St James’ Park.
Guendouzi technically belongs to Arsenal, although Foot Mercato believe he could sign for Marseille permanently as they negotiated an €11m (£9m) option to buy in the loan contract.
In our view, it’s likely to be activated, as the man signed by Unai Emery for £8m is shining in Ligue 1.
Foot Mercato believe Newcastle have added him to their list of targets for the summer, rather than in January.
Should Newcastle sign Matteo Guendouzi?
In our view, this would be a smart signing by Newcastle.
Guendouzi is a huge prospect, and has already amassed 57 Premier League appearances at the age of 22.
Admittedly, there are concerns over his temperament, as he and Mikel Arteta fell out following an ill-disciplined showing against Brighton (Football London).
However, he appears to be shaking those demons off in France, which is certainly encouraging to see.
Guendouzi would bring plenty of composure to Newcastle’s midfield.
He is a tempo-setting midfielder, who is brave enough to receive the ball under pressure and move his team up the pitch.
If Amanda Staveley and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) can pull this deal off, they deserve a pat on the back.