Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign Vasco da Gama centre-forward Marrony, according to Record.
The Portuguese newspaper claims that Marrony, 20, has been offered to Sporting CP but they are unlikely to match Vasco’s £10.7million valuation of the Brazilian striker.
It is understood that Marrony has a release clause in his contract worth £31.2million, but Vasco appear to be willing to accept a much lower fee for their young striker.
Newcastle have completed the signing of one Brazilian forward already this summer when Joelinton joined them in a club-record deal from Hoffenheim earlier this week.
Newcastle must have done a lot of homework on Marrony because from what he has offered in his first-team appearances at Vasco da Gama, he is hardly the most prolific of strikers. In his 10 league appearances this season, the 20-year-old has failed to score a goal and in his total 22 appearances across all competitions for Vasco, he has only scored once. Marrony is naturally a striker but he can also play out on both wings, though it would seem that Newcastle are eyeing him to bolster their current centre-forward options. Joelinton is the club’s most expensive player so he is bound to be Steve Bruce’s first-choice striker next season. After him, the Magpies have Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto – neither of which are proven to score a lot of goals in the Premier League. Marrony might be seen as a new second or third choice striker with the view to him developing on Tyneside and becoming a better player. For £10.7million, that might be a decent deal for Newcastle, but there is certainly a lot of risk involved in this potential deal.