Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Hellas Verona duo Giovanni Simeone and Antonin Barak.
Argentine Simeone has been in highly impressive form. So far, he’s scored nine goals in 11 games in Serie A.
And Czech Republic star Barak has also made a real impact, scoring four times and assisting twice.
Awkwardly, Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, is actually only on loan at Hellas Verona at the moment.
He joined in the summer from Cagliari, who supposedly have an option to buy the player for around £10 million.
One would imagine they will be pretty keen to trigger that clause given the way he has played and the numbers he has posted.
But it could be that they buy, and then seek to make an immediate profit.
Barak on the other hand, is a permanent Hellas Verona player. He would supposedly cost around £21.4 million to sign.
L’Arena claim it could take upwards of €40 million/ £34 million for Newcastle to land both players.
Simeone and Barak would be risk signings by Newcastle
Simeone and Barak may be having really good campaigns over in Italy.
But both would still represent risky signings for Newcastle if the Magpies did make a push in January.
The Magpies’ position in the Premier League is very precarious.
The club are 19th, having taken just five points. The team are still winless, and some difficult fixtures are on the horizon.
Perhaps if a number of other Premier League players came in, in addition to Simeone and Barak, then it would be less of a risk.
But it is crucial that recruitment officials bring in those proven performers at a time of real need.