Date: 16th October 2019 at 2:30pm
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 failed in a bid for Mainz Jean-Phillipe Mateta this summer, according to Sportbild, as per Sport Witness.

It is understood that the were one of eight sides who tried to take the 22-year-old from Germany, with Southampton, Watford, Everton, Brighton, Cardiff City, AS Monaco and Marseille also mentioned in the report from the German outlet’s print edition.

The article states that the Army fell short with a £24.2 million bid for the Frenchman, who hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a move in January.


This is certainly an interesting one. You would assume that the went in for Mateta as an alternative for Joelinton, and if the report is to be believed, they might have saved themselves a fair amount of money in the process. Nonetheless, it was the Brazilian they ended up landing, but was he really the better option of the two? A quick comparison of the two from last season seems to justify the Magpies’ decision. Mateta may have scored more goals than the star, but  got more assists, more key passes, more dribbles, and a higher Whoscored rating. Evidently, at the age of 22, neither player is perfect, but based on the numbers, you would have to say that has a better foundation on which to build himself into a well-rounded striker.