Newcastle United are hoping to beat AC Milan to Soualiho Meite after the Serie A leaders opened talks with the Torino midfielder, as reported by MilanNews24.
While the towering, 39-year-old figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has emerged as the peacocking posterboy of an unexpected title charge, Milan’s sudden transformation from also-rans into league leaders owes much to some superb work behind the scenes.
The Rossoneri have made a rather useful habit of signing players who have fallen out of favour elsewhere, before reigniting their somewhat stalling careers at the San Siro.
A la Quentin Tarantino with Robert Foster and Michael Madsen, Stefano Pioli has brilliantly re-launched Brahim Diaz, Diogo Dalot and Simon Kjaer in that iconic red and black shirt.
While 26-year-old Meite has struggled to live up to lofty expectations at Torino, that has not put off a Milan side ready to take on another new project.
MilanNews24 reports that the seven-time European champions are keen to sign Meite on loan with an option to buy; a package that would set them back around £7 million.
Newcastle are hovering in the background but, if Milan are racing towards the finish line in the race for Meite’s signature, the relegation-threatened Magpies have barely got out of the starting blocks.
Newcastle are desperate to bring in a solid, box-to-box enforcer this month and the technically gifted, powerful Meite would tick a lot of boxes for Steve Bruce, who tried to sign a similar player in the shape of Lille’s Boubakary Soumare 12 months ago.
Meite would provide some much needed energy at the heart of a wafer-thin midfield.
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