Newcastle United should not play hardball in their reported talks with Paris St Germain over left-back Stanley N’Soki as it could easily lead to them missing out.
Sky Sports reported on Saturday that the Magpies are in talks with the French giants over the 20-year-old flyer but it is believed the clubs are apart in their valuation with PSG wanting £12million.
N’Soki isn’t short of suitors as according to Get French Football News AS Roma and Lazio are constantly in contact with PSG about the player, while Southampton have recently seen an offer to take the 20-year-old initially on loan rejected.
In fact, according to Sky Sports, Lazio are in talks with PSG, just like Newcastle, and you can’t rule out them being more willing to meet the defender’s asking price.
According to the broadcaster’s report, N’Soki is keen on a move to the Premier League which gives the Magpies an advantage over teams like AS Roma and Lazio, but that doesn’t mean they should risk missing out on him.
If Lazio stumped up the fee first the defender may end up joining them as playing in Italy is better than staying in France and struggling for game time at PSG.
N’Soki barely featured for the French giants last season, he played only 699 minutes of the club’s league campaign across 12 outings (Source: WhoScored), and at the age of 20-years-old, he is no doubt eager to feature.
Despite being used sparingly, the 20-year-old did impressively have a pass success rate of 86.3%, won 1.3 aerial duels per game, and averaged a rating of 6.77 across his league outings. (Source: WhoScored)
So when you consider N’Soki would be a good player to sign as he would finally provide decent cover for first-choice left-back Paul Dummett and time is ticking down on the transfer window, the Magpies should stump up the cash for him.
This is the case even though the Magpies have an advantage in the race for him over some of their rivals, due to him being keen on the Premier League.