Eddie Howe’s quest to bring more attacking options to Newcastle reportedly looks set to end with a deal to bring Joaquin Correa to St James’ Park gathering pace.
The Magpies are looking to revitalise their squad ahead of what they hope will be an exceptional 2022/23 campaign. The arrival of their new Saudi owners last October has been the catalyst for a major revival on Tyneside. And after making plenty of significant signings in January, PIF also hope this summer’s transfer window will be equally as successful.
Indeed, they have already got the ball rolling with the captures of Matt Targett and Nick Pope. And it seems like a third, Sven Botman, is also closing in with a medical for the classy Dutch defender now booked in.
There also ambitious plans to strengthen their attack. To that end, deals for Victor Osimhen and Moussa Diaby are reportedly on Newcastle’s radar.
However, such deals will be tricky to pull off. Despite their incredible wealth, Newcastle do still have to comply with FFP, meaning links to £80m Osimhen may prove harder than reports suggest.
That said, Hugo Ekitike remains in their sights and Howe hopes he can soon land the young Frenchman.
Bargain fee emerges
However, he could soon be joined in their forward line by Correa.
The Argentina forward moved to Inter Milan last summer on an initial loan deal, which contains an obligation to make permanent this summer.
The 27-year-old, however, struggled to replicate his Lazio form and managed just six goals in 36 appearances. And with Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala likely to sign for Inter, Correa is reportedly up for sale.
As per il Gazzetta dello Sport, Newcastle are the sole suitors for Correa this summer, giving them a clear pass to pursue a deal.
Furthermore, the Italian paper claims the Nerazzurri are willing to sell ‘El Tucu’ for a knockdown fee. To that end, they are seemingly seeking just £21.5m (€25m) for the 17-times capped Argentina forward.
Joaquin Correa would be an excellent signing for Newcastle
Capable of playing in either wing or in a central role, Howe is reportedly now mulling over an official approach.
Correa has the X-factor that Newcastle fans would love and is the sort who gets bums off seats. His dribbling ability, pace and agility would surely prove a big hit on Tyneside. A hard worker too, Correa looks to have the tools to become a success in the Premier League.
And while it has not gone so well for him with Inter, the 43 goal involvements in three seasons with Lazio illustrate his ability.
The £21.5m fee certainly looks tempting too. An established international, Correa also has an abundance of Champions League experience from his time at Inter and Sevilla.
Furthermore, the asking price would not break the bank for the Magpies. While they are cash rich, they do still have to spend within their means. As such, signings will remain relatively moderate until their standing and income allows otherwise.