Newcastle United have potentially been handed a boost in their reported hunt to sign Vasco da Gama forward Marrony.
According to UOL, the Magpies and Portuguese giants Porto have approached Vasco with an enquiry about the 20-year-old Brazilian, who is valued at over £10.7million.
Marrony is not someone with a lot of experience in senior football, earning just 23 first-team appearances for Vasco and scoring just two goals.
His second goal for the Brazilian side came when he netted against Palmeiras in a 1-1 draw last week.
After that match, Marrony admitted that he could be on his way out of Vasco if the deal is right for him and his club, which could be a boost for the Magpies.
“I talked to my businessmen yesterday and today, and nothing has come, but if it comes and it’s good for me and Vasco, then it’s their will. I follow the thought here and just think about helping Vasco,” Marrony said, as quoted by UOL.
Newcastle have already shown a willingness to sign young Brazilian players this summer after snapping up 22-year-old striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim earlier this month, and it seems as though the Tyneside club is trying to continue their South American recruitment drive by going after Marrony.
Marrony is nowhere near as experienced or proven as Joelinton and signing him for £10.7million – or anything around that – could be a risk.
He is naturally a striker but can also play out on the wings, which is where Vasco have mainly decided to play him this season.
According to stats by WhoScored, Marrony contributes to a lot of all-round play, which might explain why he has only scored two goals in his senior career for Vasco.
He’s averaged 1.8 shots at goal, 1.1 key passes, 2.0 successful dribbles and 2.1 aerial duels won per league appearance for Vasco in the current season in Brazil’s top-flight.
And as a young player, Marrony is only going to continue to get better if he was to join a club with the facilities that Newcastle have at their disposal.
Hopefully he is someone who can be snapped up by the Magpies after his admission about his future at Vasco da Gama.