This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Lucas Vazquez reportedly looks set to leave Real Madrid and according to Spanish outlet El Demarsque, Newcastle is a possible destination for the winger.
The 28-year-old has found his opportunities more sparse this season with just four league stats, as Zinedine Zidane is seemingly not keen on him when he has the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior at his disposal.
As a result, it is believed that Florentino Perez is keen on finding a suitable club in the January transfer window, with the Premier League a possible place where Vazquez could end up.
West Ham and Wolves have apparently also shown an interest, but with no asking price given the best place to gauge what his transfer fee might be is Transfermarkt, who value him at £22.5m.
He would, therefore, be Newcastle’s second-most expensive signing ever if he cost that amount, and considering they have strengthened out wide recently it would seem a strange decision.
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Newcastle seem to be coming together on the pitch and the front-three are building up a relationship which has enabled them to cause problems for the opposition.
Considering that, and the likely high price it would cost to bring him to the north-east, it wouldn’t be a sensible addition for Newcastle to make.
Allan Saint-Maxmin is showing just how good he is after an adjustment period, and whilst Miguel Almiron is struggling in front of goal he has also proved effective, and Bruce needs to stick with him if he is to repay his £20m fee.
Bringing in Vasquez could easily disrupt that, as he would likely take the place of the Paraguay international on the right-wing, and in doing so his confidence could easily be deflated as it would signal that he isn’t considered good enough.
The Magpies are currently in possession of two quick and skilful wingers, and should instead direct their money to other areas of the squad which need improvement, such as bringing in another striker.