An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United’s interest in Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter…
According to Calciomercato, the Magpies have made a move to snap him up in the January transfer window to stop Inter from signing him on a free transfer.
The report claims that the Italian champions want to land him for nothing at the end of the season, but Newcastle have now put a plan in place to win the race for his signature.
Eddie Howe could form a solid defensive unit by landing Ginter as he could play alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles in the Premier League.
Newcastle’s struggles have been there for all to see in the top flight this season, as they sit 19th with one win on the board after 15 matches. They have kept a solitary clean sheet and are conceding two goals per game on average, highlighting their need for defensive reinforcements in January.
Ginter has proven his class in Germany and could be an ideal target to come in and bolster the backline in an attempt to improve the Magpies’ defensive record.
The £50k-per-week beast has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.98 in the Bundesliga this term, winning 66% of his duels overall. This is after he averaged a score of 7.11 last season, winning 68% of his individual battles and making 3.5 clearances per game.
German icon Lothar Matthaus previously compared him to Spanish international Sergio Ramos as he lauded his leadership abilities at the back. The former Bayern Munich stalwart told Sport Bild, via Bundesliga.com: “Ginter has become a leader at the back, in a similar way to Ramos at Real. He doesn’t just give instructions to his teammates, but leads them as well. That’s what Ginter is doing really well at the moment. He reminds me of Ramos.”
Lascelles has been one of Newcastle’s better performers this season, with an average SofaScore rating of 6.81 in the Premier League. The 28-year-old has won 65% of his duels and has made six clearances per game, suggesting that he is putting in solid shifts at the back and being let down by his teammates.
Therefore, partnering him with the reliable Ginter could make for a strong defensive pairing and increase Newcastle’s chances of keeping the ball out of Martin Dubravka’s net. It is now down to PIF and Howe to ensure that they can get a deal over the line for the Germany international…