Martin Dubravka is reportedly attracting interest from Juventus and several Premier League clubs, so should Newcastle cash in on the shot-stopper?
As reported by Chronicle Live, the Magpies have begun talks with Dubravka over a new contract.
The 30 year-old’s agent has confirmed that Juventus would like to sign him though, as well as multiple teams within England.
“We can confirm that Martin belongs to the Juventus scout department’s list of long-term players,” his agent told Czech news outlet Ruik, as reported by Chronicle Live.
“However, we must mention that it is not only monitored by Pavel Nedved’s Juventus, but there are also Premier League clubs. Our personal tip with my brother is that Martin stays in England.
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“Our effort, but also Newcastle’s endeavour, is to negotiate a new contract at the end of this season, as Martin came to Newcastle as a virtually unknown Czech league player, but quickly became a major player of the entire team and already has an excellent reputation throughout the English league.”
Judging from his agent’s comments, Dubravka is clearly happy to stay on Tyneside, where he became somewhat of an instant cult hero due to his performances last season.
He hasn’t been anywhere near as solid this campaign though, making silly mistakes at Tottenham and Wolves, both of which cost the Magpies crucial points.
He is an excellent shot-stopper, but it is more than possible that last season’s incredible purple patch was merely the result of confidence and momentum after such a stunning debut against Manchester United.
The Slovakian has now reverted to the mean, and if a giant club like Juventus came in with a ridiculous offer it would surely be very hard to refuse.
Given that experienced stoppers like Ben Foster, Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski were all scooped up by other Premier League sides for pennies last summer, it would not be difficult to replace the Slovakian and re-invest his transfer fee in other areas of the squad.
Selling to a rival from within England would be a foolish move, but when or if Juventus come calling, cashing in on the struggling shot-stopper could be a blessing in disguise.