Reported Newcastle United target Maximo Perrone has previously given some indication as to his style of play.
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In September, The Athletic suggested a new defensive midfielder was on the club’s transfer agenda ahead of the January window. Ajax’s Edson Alvarez was touted as a target and an injury to Jonjo Shelvey at the start of the season underlined just how light Eddie Howe’s side are in that particular area.
Clearly, it’s hard to get too downbeat about the lack of options there given Newcastle’s Premier League position and the fact Shelvey has returned, but it’s easy to forget there was a fairly frustrating period of the campaign before the recent upturn.
Again, not to be too dramatic, but Bruno Guimaraes did speak of his preference to return to a more box-to-box role having been forced into Shelvey’s position during a run of four draws and one defeat in five League games between August and September.
Though the team recovered from that even without Shelvey as Sean Longstaff, Joelinton and Joe Willock stepped up alongside Guimaraes, few would argue that Howe is somewhat light in that area. While not exactly a major issue right now, it makes sense to target that as the next real area for improvement.
Who is Maximo Perrone?
As such, the club have been linked with a move for the Velez Sarsfield midfielder.
A 19-year-old holding option in the middle of the park, TYC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo has suggested the two clubs are in talks over a fee, with Newcastle reportedly willing to go as high as £12m despite an apparent release clause of £7.9m.
The teenager made his debut earlier this year and has since made 33 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring three goals and registering two assists in the process.
Speaking about his game, an article written by Marca in May quote Perrone as saying: “I identify with Busquets. I try to be complete and choose when to move the ball and when to play in one or two halves. I still have a lot of things to improve”