Newcastle United have pulled the plug on their swoop to sign Vasco da Gama attacker Marrony, according to Globo Esporte.
The Brazilian news outlet claims that Newcastle told Marrony’s agent on Thursday that they no longer plan to make an offer for the forward, despite previously having a firm interest in signing him this summer.
Portuguese newspaper Record reported last month that the Magpies had been in advanced talks to sign the 20-year-old.
Now it seems as though Marrony will remain a Vasco player until the end of the year.
It seems as though Newcastle’s pursuit of Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin has ended their interest in Marrony, but it’s hard to see why the Magpies wouldn’t want both as Saint-Maximin is more of a winger and Marrony is naturally a striker. It may be down to the potential finances of the deal but there have been suggestions that Marrony might have found it hard to obtain a work permit that would enable him to play in the Premier League for the Toon. Marrony has not played a lot of senior football in his career and is yet to represent Brazil at any youth level. He scored in Vasco’s 1-1 draw with Palmeiras last week but that was just the second goal of his senior career. Newcastle are right to look at good young players who are available on relatively cheap deals, however they cannot just go out and sign young players at will, especially when they won’t be ready to play in their first-team for a while. It’s not a surprise that Marrony will not be heading to Tyneside this summer but there’s a good chance that these links will resurface in the future if no one else decides to sign up the 20-year-old.