January Newcastle United transfer target Nico Schlotterbeck has reportedly seen his asking price slashed.
The 22-year-old was one of many names of the Magpies’ radar last month.
90min had reported that Newcastle had made an approach, but were rejected by the SC Freiburg central defender.
Apparently Newcastle were willing to pay upwards of £40 million to land the exciting star. But he had reservations about joining. That was despite Freiburg being open to selling.
Interestingly, Schlotterbeck’s asking price has now been slashed.
When this summer rolls around he’ll only have a year left on his contract. As a result, Freiburg would apparently be happy to take around £16 million for him (Sport1).
The issue though for Newcastle, is that the player would prefer to stay in Germany.
Sport1 float the idea he could follow Niklas Sule to Borussia Dortmund.
One can also never rule out Bayern Munich trying to sign a promising German player.
Newcastle will undoubtedly be in the market for new centre-halves again in the summer.
The new owners did their level best to bring in some top quality players, targeting the likes of Sven Botman and Diego Carlos.
Ultimately though, their clubs were simply demanding too much money, which was probably to be expected mid-season.
Newcastle seemingly have work to do if they want to sign Nico Schlotterbeck
So it looks as though Newcastle may have their work cut out if they want to land Schlotterbeck this summer.
First and foremost, the club needs to retain its Premier League status to stand a chance. It’s highly unlikely such a good and high potential player would want to play Championship football.
And then given his contract is winding down, it’s possible there will be a lot of interest in him.
Potentially, Newcastle may have to do much more than just barely survive if they are to appeal to him.