Confirmed: Newcastle attacker valued at seven-times original price, tempted by transfer exit
Newcastle United attacker Ayoze Perez has said that he believes he is valued at a fee of around £13million (€15million) and that he is always tempted in making a transfer exit back to Spain.
The 24-year-old arrived at St James’ Park as a youngster back in 2014 as a signing for the club’s reserve side, but he was promoted to the senior squad early and his impressive performances mean he has remained a mainstay ever since.
This season has seen him continue his run in the first team, with 32 appearances across all competitions, missing just two Premier League games, and he has slapped on his own head a value worth over seven-times the £1.7million (€2million) that AS report he was bought for from Tenerife.
Speaking of a potential transfer exit, the red hot forward, with three goals in as many games, says he is always tempted by an exit for a return to Spain, but that his immediate future lies on Tyneside.
Speaking to AS, he said: “I would like to think (I’m worth) about 12 or 15 million (Euros).
“The market is going crazy. The prices skyrocket. We are seeing spectacular things, but that would be the case.
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“I am happy and in the long term I do not know what will happen.
“That (a return to Spain) always tempts a little.
“After all, it is your country and I never had the opportunity to play in the first division of Spain. You turn around but the Premier League has me in love. I’m very happy here.”
Football Insider verdict
Perez is obviously being a little modest with his valuation there, for there have been far less talented players who have been sold for fees in and around, or even more, than what he is slapping on his own head. At 24-years-old, the attacking midfielder, who also has the ability to fill in as a centre forward, still has a lot of growing to do in terms of his ability and footballing intelligence, and considering he already has 100 games worth of Premier League experience under his belt, could do a decent job at the majority of top flight sides. Still, his future seems to be at Newcastle for now and Rafael Benitez will be pleased considering how much of a favourite the former Tenerife man has been of his.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are set to table a bid for a vastly talented international attacker.