Report: Newcastle eye summer swoop for international flyer with record breaking price tag
Galatasaray have slapped a £17.6million (€20million) price tag on the head of Newcastle United transfer target Garry Rodrigues, according to a report.
Turkish newspaper Milliyet claim on their website that the Super Lig side are keen to make the most of the winger’s sale as a result of a 20 per cent sell on clause agreed after they purchased the 27-year-old from Greek side PAOK in the winter window of 2017.
Rodrigues, a 23-cap Cape Verde international, is said to have attracted the attention of Newcastle with his performances for Galatasaray, with European top flight counterparts Sevilla, Fiorentina and Lyon also reportedly keen on his capture.
The versatile flyer, who can operate on either flank, has scored seven goals and chipped in with nine assists in his 26 appearances this season, and if the Magpies are to meet the Turkish side’s asking price, would be a record capture for the club, with the £16million spent on Michael Owen in 2005 the current top fee.
Football Insider verdict
Galatasaray are obviously going to want to make the most of every penny earned from Rodrigues’ sale, and the 20 per cent sell on clause means that they will be losing approximately £3.5million if someone does meet their asking price. Is he worth Newcastle breaking their long-standing transfer record over? At 27, he does not have much future growth or potential, and having not yet proven himself in a top European league, it is a substantial risk. With the Magpies already having a handful of proven talent on the flanks, as well as future talents waiting in the wings, it seems an awful lot to spend, and the price tag will probably ward them off.
In other Newcastle United news, a Sky Sports pundit has compared one Magpies attacker to an international star sold for £57million.