Newcastle United could launch a bid to sign Vasco De Gama striker Marrony after Steve Nickson visited Brazil, according to Globo Esporte.
The news outlet claim that Nickson was impressed with the 20-year-old after watching a number of matches involving the young Brazilian, who is also being watched by Sporting Lisbon.
Globo Esporte reports that Marrony currently holds a £31.4million (35million Euro) release clause, but with Vasco De Gama in financial trouble, they could be tempted to negotiate a lower price for the starlet.
Marrony has made 32 starts for Vasco De Gama this season, scoring six goals, and has recently signed a new four-year deal at the club which will run until 2023
It is difficult to imagine that Newcastle and Mike Ashley, in particular, would pay over £30million for just any player, never mind a 20-year-old forward, who is relatively untested in senior football. With German outlet Bild claiming that Newcastle are set to pay £47.6million in total for striker Joelinton, it is hard to see Marrony playing at St James’ Park next season. The only possible chance of this deal happening is down to how hard the Magpies can negotiate with Vasco De Gama, who according to Globo Esporte are in financial ruin and could very well be tempted to sell at a cheaper price. Having said that, the Brazilian club didn’t just place a £31.4million release clause in his new deal to sell him for much cheaper, so any potential move is surely set to be worth at least above £25million. The truth is, Marrony isn’t cut out for the Premier League at this stage of his career, with a goal every five games a record that just isn’t good enough for the English top-flight. Should Newcastle be able to get a cheap deal across the line then fair enough, but if Vasco De Gama hold out for anything close to £30million, then the Magpies should look elsewhere.