The outlet revealed the news on Monday, claiming that the Magpies, who are looking at the 20-year-old, will have to pay the aforementioned amount to bring him in.
Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon and Porto are both also thought to be in the race for the youngster, with the Brazilian club in financial trouble and needing to sell Marrony to ease their worries.
Steve Bruce’s side are thought to have already sent representatives to watch the player, as have Porto.
Obviously with a young player like Marrony you’re paying for potential, as well as their actual talent at this moment in time, and that would appear to be the case here. Because nothing the Brazilian has done so far in his career would indicate that he’s worth £16.8million. He scored once last season and grabbed a further assist, which doesn’t exactly blow your hair back. Obviously further attacking additions are needed, despite Joelinton’s arrival last week, but there’s surely some better options out there than an unproven youngster like Marrony. £16.8million is an awful lot of money for a deal that would very much be a risk. There will be strikers in England or at least in Europe with far superior track records to Marrony who would likely be available for cheaper than the youngster. The club need additions, but this is simply the wrong one at the wrong time.