Newcastle United won’t have much by way of funds this summer window, which means they will have to be very diligent with the money they do spend. They just cannot afford to bring in another Joelinton, for example.
And the best method of bringing in quality while having a limited amount of money is to look for the players who are out of contract.
And this summer boasts quite a list – Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, and Jerome Boateng, to name a few.
There is pretty much no chance that Newcastle will convince any on that list, but there is a viable option in Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj, whose contract is up on June 30.
The 27-year-old Albanian has spent the last six years with the southern Italian side.
Football Italia claims that he’s open to a new deal, with his agent Mario Giuffredi telling Radio Punto Nuov: “I haven’t heard from Napoli, so I continued discussions with other clubs instead.
“After many years and so many meetings with failed attempts to reach an agreement, it is only right that he have a change of scenery and experience new things.”
No doubt plenty will be after the player’s signature, but as of yet, no clubs from the Premier League have thrown their hat in the ring.
Indeed, Hysaj would be a superb signing for Steve Bruce’s men, offering additional guile when they break on the counter – as is the Newcastle philosophy at the moment – while providing some extra depth to the squad in general.
Although Jacob Murphy – Newcastle’s newfound right-back – improved this past campaign, statistically Napoli’s defender would be a huge upgrade in quality.
Looking at the two players on a per 90 minute basis from last campaign in their respective leagues., Hysaj beats Murphy in ball recoveries, passes attempted, successful long passes, take-on success, clearances, interceptions, and blocks.
Meanwhile, the player is among the top wingbacks in Serie A last season, the fifth-best in long ball accuracy, and averaged 0.8 key passes per 90 minutes.
No doubt move for him by the Newcastle hierarchy would be a shrewd piece of business, particularly as he will be arriving for nothing.
His arrival would offer Murphy competition and even providing further cover for the left side of Newcastle, as Hysaj is capable of being able to perform on both flanks of the backline. What’s not to love?