Newcastle United and Everton are both chasing a bargain swoop for Schalke attacking midfielder Donis Avdijaj as the German side look to ship him out this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Kosovo international, who has two caps under his belt, will be available for just £2.5million as he enters the final year of his contract, Schalke looking to cash in before he is able to depart on a free.
Once tipped to be the next Mesut Ozil and follow the German international’s footsteps into the Schalke first team, he has struggled to have the desired impact and has spent the second half of the past season on loan at Dutch side Roda.
Football Insider verdict
While a bargain in football might be a rarity nowadays, there should still be some trepidation when looking at a player his current club are so willing to let depart. Avdijaj certainly seems to have failed to live up to the hype set on his shoulders earlier in his career and perhaps a move from Germany might be best to reignite his development. However, are Newcastle and Everton really the places he should be looking to move to? The pressure at both clubs is intense and failure to impress will likely lead to yet more scrutiny – even with his nominal price tag. As for the clubs, is taking a risk on a youngster who has been playing on loan in the Netherlands really the best option after both came under criticism for their recruitment over the past 12 months? Perhaps not, but if they have the faith that he can rediscover his potential in England, then the £2.5million price tag means he could be low risk, high reward.
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