An update has emerged regarding transfer interest from Newcastle United in Argentina international Giovanni Simeone.
The report claims that Hellas Verona have a £10m (€12m) option to sign Simeone permanently from Cagliari, but it remains to be seen whether Newcastle would sign him directly from his parent club or wait for them to exercise their option before making another offer.
Eddie Howe must secure a deal to sign the forward in January as he could prove to be Callum Wilson 2.0 and become a goalscoring sensation for the Tyneside club.
Outside of Wilson, Newcastle are desperately lacking in goal threats. The Englishman is the only player with more than two league goals for the club this term and was the only one to hit double figures in the 2020/21 campaign for the Magpies.
He has scored 16 goals in 30 top-flight starts since the start of last season, and Simeone’s statistics for Verona suggest that he could have a similar impact. The son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has nine goals and two assists in 11 appearances in the Serie A this season, with an average SofaScore rating of 7.25, after six goals in 19 starts for Cagliari last term.
This shows that he has the quality to score on a consistent basis at the top level, which suggests that he could arrive at St James’ Park and alleviate some of the goalscoring burden from Wilson’s shoulders. Howe could find another striking sensation and potentially play both of them in a front two to put fear into opposition defenders.
Simeone’s potential arrival could also take pressure off the likes of Joe Willock, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton to provide goals from wide and deeper areas of the pitch. This could unlock other areas of their game, instead of worrying about always getting into the box and getting shots off.
For example, instead of needing to go on individual solo runs, Saint-Maximin could look to feed service into Simeone as he knows he has two players – Wilson included – in front of him who can routinely find the back of the net. This could increase his creative influence in the final third, as it would provide him with more link-up options instead of feeling the need to do it on his own, as the current aforementioned goalscoring statistics at the club suggest that he does not have that luxury at the moment.