Newcastle United and La Liga powerhouse Barcelona have been connected to a Serie A midfielder who is drawing interest from rival Premier League teams Manchester United and Barcelona.
Even though Lewis Miley, a young player, is making great progress, and Joe Willock is soon to return to full fitness, the Magpies are reportedly eager to add another midfield option before the January transfer window closes.
After struggling to establish a regular spot in Pep Guardiola’s squad, England international Kalvin Phillips is still weighing his options, and rumours of a move for the Manchester City star are persistent. Over the past six months, Phillips has been frequently associated with a move to Tyneside. It is said that United has had informal negotiations about a possible loan arrangement with the possibility to turn it into a permanent move at the end of the current campaign.
However, one report in Brazil has stated Newcastle are also considering a deal for Atalanta midfielder Ederson four months after they were initially connected with the former Corinthians star. The 24-year-old made a £16 million summer 2022 transfer from league rivals Salernitana to the Serie A club. He had a great debut season at the Gewiss Stadium, helping his new team qualify for the Europa League with a fifth-place finish.
Ahead of Monday night’s home match against Frosinone, Ederson has continued to shine for Atalanta, who are now just outside of the European spots with five goals and one assist in 26 games across all competitions this season.
According to Brazilian publication PRBrasil, Newcastle is prepared to make a move for the midfield player in the January transfer window and will send agents to observe him play on Monday night. It is reported that the Magpies have ‘clear interest’ in a trade and have been in ‘continuous touch’ with Ederson, Atalanta, and the player’s representatives.
Interestingly, the article also claims that in January 2022, while the midfield player was still with Brazilian team Fortaleza, Newcastle made an interest in him. Still, the Magpies’ management chose to pursue Bruno Guimaraes instead of keeping a close eye on Ederson’s development.