In Focus: Newcastle begin talks over Correa deal

According to The Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder, Newcastle United want to sign Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

It is no secret that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is in the market for at least one new striker ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejeune, Christian Atsu, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino have all joined the Magpies this summer, but Benitez has thus far been frustrated in his pursuit of a number of forward targets.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are talking to Arsenal over a potential deal for Lucas Perez, but the club are also lining up an ambitious move for Correa.

It has been reported that Benitez has approached the representatives of Correa, who is valued at £15.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk, to discuss a potential move for a player that has also previously been linked with Liverpool.

Is Correa worth the fuss?

Correa joined Atletico from San Lorenzo in May 2014, but the Argentine did not link up with the Madrid club until the December of the same year after being forced to undergo heart surgery.

The attacker’s Atletico debut arrived in August 2015, and he has scored nine times in 58 La Liga appearances for the capital giants.

He only started 10 La Liga matches during the 2016-17 campaign, but contributed four goals and eight assists across 31 league appearances, demonstrating his potential.

At 22, there is no question that the forward’s best years are ahead of him, and the fact that he has already earned eight caps for Argentina’s full team is another indication of his standing in the game.

Correa would not be short of interest if Atletico made it clear that the forward was available for transfer this summer, and it would be some coup for Newcastle if they could bring the versatile attacker to England.