By Will Butcher
Italian giants Juventus are looking to reinvest a small chunk of Paul Pogba’s £89million transfer fee – by signing Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to a report.
The Serie A champions are long-term admirers of the Holland international and expressed an interest in him two years ago but were put off by the quoted £20million valuation.
The Northern Echo now claim that the Magpies are willing to let Krul leave for less than £4million after bringing in Belgian stopper Matz Sels.
The report claims that Juve won’t make a move this month, but are looking to secure a deal in the January transfer market for the former Falkirk loanee.
The 28-year-old is available for such a small price as he has less than 12 months remaining on his St. James’ Park deal, which he signed back in 2012.
Krul is currently Newcastle’s longest-serving first-team player after making his debut in 2006 for the Magpies in a Uefa Cup tie against Palermo.
The former Ado Den Haag trainee is Juve’s first choice to replace 38-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, who looks set to retire in the near future.
The Magpies currently have an abundance of goalkeepers on the books, with Krul joined by number one Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman. With this depth, it looks unlikely that manager Rafa Benitez will want to keep Krul.
In his 10 years on Tyneside, Krul has made 185 Newcastle appearances, and was part of the Netherlands side that finished third at the 2014 World Cup.
In other Newcastle transfer news, a medical has been pencilled in for this Premier League defender.