Newcastle want ‘livewire’ Serie A striker, for £20m price tag

Newcastle United are reportedly considering a swoop for Argentina international Joaquin Correa.

The Magpies are looking to bolster their ranks in order to build on last season’s 11th Premier League spot.

Meanwhile, Correa may well be surplus to requirements at Inter Milan.

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The 27-year-old joined the Nerazzurri on a loan with obligation to buy from Lazio last summer.

Correa, a versatile striker, has recorded 48 goal contributions in 117 appearances for the Biancocelesti.

However, it fell short of initial expectations at the San Siro. Unfortunately, he failed to translate his Lazio form into black and blue.

Correa ended last season with just six goals and two assists to his name.

He also spent time on the sidelines due to hamstring issues.

Now several Italian outlets are suggesting Newcastle are circling Correa.

Calciomercato claimed the Magpies had entered the race and were “strongly” looking for a new striker.

There have also been links between Marseille and Correa but they have apparently cooled their interest, the outlet added.

Meanwhile, Corriere della Sera reported that Newcastle are keeping the Argentine in their thoughts.

Inter will have to sell one of their strikers if they want to bring in Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku while keeping Lautaro Martinez, they added.

Inter are reportedly willing to accept a €25m (around £20m) bid for Correa.

And the Gazzetta dello Sport – via sports witness – claims that, regarding the interest in Correa, “the English sirens are heard”.

Apparently, they are not among the established elite clubs in the Premier League, but rather those ‘with wallets full of books’.

“Above all, the wealthy Newcastle could make a move for the Argentine,” the report added.

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“Extremely technically gifted”

Correa had a tough season last time out. Even if Inter have an obligation to buy, they could well sell him almost immediately.

However, that could play into Newcastle’s hands. They would have the chance to sign a superb player whose stock has fallen and have him fire on all cylinders again.

Last July, 90 minutes wrote an in-depth scouting article on Correa.

They called him a ‘big game player’, ‘lucky charm’, ‘dribbler’, ‘perfect foil’ and a ‘flexible’ striker who provides ‘consistent deliveries’.

“In terms of what he delivers on the pitch, Correa is extremely technically gifted,” they wrote.

“The striker plays right next to the main striker, taking up space both in front and behind his partner, giving opposing defenders plenty of thought.

“He’s a real thread. And relishes the opportunity to measure up to his marker and dart past him with a shimmy and neat footwork.

“His dribbling ability is amazing, as Merih Demiral found out earlier (in 2020-21).

“One moment he was closely watching Correa who was advancing rapidly, and the next day he was gone.

“A step over and a shoulder drop was enough to crush one of Serie A’s best-known defenders. Scary stuff!”

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Eleanor C. William