Newcastle United Opinion: The Magpies must avoid a move for Marrony
Chronicle Live understands that Newcastle’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson went to Brazil to watch Marrony in action for his club side Vasco da Gama and he was left impressed with what he had seen of the promising youngster.
Marrony, who currently plies his trade in the Brazilian top-flight with Vasco da Gama, has a release clause of €35 million in his current contract, which runs until the summer of 2023.
The Brazilian outfit are in a strong negotiating position over their highly-rated academy product, although it is understood that they would be willing to entertain offers much below the release clause. (h/t Chronicle Live)
The frustration amongst the fans at Tyneside regarding the lack of transfer activity at the club this summer is likely to have cooled down significantly with the £35million acquisition of Brazilian forward Joelinton from Hoffenheim.
The 22-year-old has become the first signing of the Steve Bruce era at St. James’ Park, although the fans would probably be anticipating a few more arrivals before the deadline in August.
Chronicle Live understands that Bruce still wants to bring in a new full-back, another central midfielder, a winger and a forward even after the capture of Joelinton, though it remains to be seen whether owner Mike Ashley would be happy to grant him such financial luxury in the market this summer.
As things currently stand, Newcastle still have a lot of problems to sort out before the deadline and the arrival of Joelinton is only expected to solve the ongoing crisis to a certain level.
With Mo Diame, Ayoze Perez and Robert Kenedy no longer at the club and the future of Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey very much up in the air, the Magpies need to look for alternatives in central midfield, as well as in the wide areas.
Not only do Newcastle need to cover for the departure of star players like Salomon Rondon, but they also need to bring in upgrades on some underperforming wingers like Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy.
Not to mention the full-back department, which is also in dire need of investment, given that neither of the existing options, Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin, has the right kind of balance between defensive and offensive attributes.
And as far as the striking options are concerned, the Magpies cannot afford to rely too heavily on Joelinton because he has only just arrived at the club and one would expect him to take some time to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
Yoshinori Muto is hardly a good enough deputy in the Premier League, so they might as well look for another established striker in the market to complement the Brazilian.
To put things into perspective, Newcastle’s links with Marrony doesn’t make a lot of sense because he is not going to come through the door as a direct replacement for the likes of Rondon and Perez.
Not going against the cliche that investing in promising youngsters in a must for every club to move in the right direction, Newcastle need to understand that there are other areas of the first team that require immediate attention.
And from what we have seen of Mike Ashley over the years, Bruce is unlikely to have a lot to spend this summer.
Still only 20, the Brazilian is yet to establish himself as a regular starter for Vasco da Gama, so Newcastle can ill-afford to look at him as someone who could possibly come in and start to deliver the goods in the Premier League from next season onwards.
Agreed, the Toon Army need another striker to provide cover and competition for Joelinton, but spending big on a South American rookie could go on to have far-reaching implications, keeping in mind the club’s shoestring budget.
To add to that, Newcastle are likely to have their work cut out in procuring a work-permit for Marrony, who is yet to represent Brazil at any youth level, given the prevalence of strict work-permit laws in England.
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Taking into consideration all the aforementioned factors, Newcastle should forget about spending big to bring an unproven talent like Marrony to the Premier League this summer and focus on improving other areas of the squad.