Newcastle United have tabled a bid for Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose, according to Marca, but Chelsea are also interested.
Rafael Benitez has had another frustrating summer, openly admitting that he has been in the dark with regards to transfer funds.
The Magpies have competed a handful of deals for Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki-Sung yeung, Fabian Schar, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon.
However, a number of those have been free transfers and loan arrangements, but with just two days of the summer window remaining, reports in Spain have claimed that Newcastle want a proven goalscorer.
Marca recently reported that the North-East outfit have swooped for Willian Jose, but they face competition from Chelsea.
The publication states that the forward has a release clause worth £58m, which would likely be a deal-breaker for Newcastle.
It would be a huge shock if the Magpies ended up with Jose at St James’ Park as it is difficult to see any club accepting lower than the buyout-clause figure.
On top of that, if Chelsea’s interest is genuine, then they can likely offer higher wages and a push towards Champions League spots.
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Newcastle, however, will be focusing on trying to avoid relegation from the Premier League, but they can offer regular first-team football.
Jose would not be a priority on the teamsheet at Chelsea, so it could come down to personal preference.
Signing the Brazilian would be a huge coup for Newcastle as his record of 20 goals in 40 appearances for Real Sociedad last season would certainly boost Benitez’s current attacking woes.