More expensive than Firmino: Does Joelinton move to Newcastle?
The TSG Hoffenheim has a new transfer record in store: attacker Joelinton is on Newcastle United’s note. There is talk of more than 55 million euros being transferred.
Almost exactly one year ago, Giorgi Kvilitaia was the match winner in Rapid Wien’s 2-0 home win over LASK. Behind the double goalscorer, a certain Joelinton was allowed to show himself on the ten, remained, as so often in his second year of loan in the Austrian capital, but without a scorer point.
The young Brazilian, who had taken a red card after 24 minutes on the first matchday of the season, returned to Hoffenheim in the summer with an eight-goal score in 31 competitive games and was ready for more matches. With success.
Is Newcastle paying over 55 million euros for Joelinton?
This season, the 22-year-old has made his breakthrough at TSG. The brawny centre forward will score ten goals and eight points in 28 matches, is undisputed under Julian Nagelsmann. This has also brought other clubs onto the scene.
As “Sport1” first reported, Newcastle United is prepared to spend a lot of money on the Joelinton, which has been flying under the radar for a long time. According to “kicker information”, the track to the north-east of England is indeed hot, there is talk of over 55 million euros in sales, even though owner Mike Ashley has not yet attracted attention with exorbitant million-euro expenditures. This would make Joelinton more expensive than compatriot Roberto Firmino, who Hoffenheim sold to FC Liverpool in 2015 for 41 million euros.
Leipzig also observes Joelinton since autumn
Even today’s opponent RB Leipzig, first reported by “Bild”, has the young family man, who came from Recife in 2015 for two million euros, on the screen since autumn. But the future employer of coach Nagelsmann does not want to spend sums in the above-mentioned area. “We certainly cannot pay that, no matter for which player”, said coach and sports director Ralf Rangnick on Sunday. In any case, he said, it “has been rather amusing to him lately that we have been associated with this”.
In November Hoffenheim prematurely extended the contract with Joelinton until 2022 and thus automatically increased the price.