Newcastle scouts have been keeping a close eye on Real Betis’ Junior Firpo following an impressive start to the season in La Liga.

According to ABC Sevilla, both Newcastle and Premier League rivals Crystal Palace have had officials watching the Real Betis defender in recent weeks.

Firpo has attracted a lot of interest lately with a number of impressive performances in La Liga.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have reportedly been watching from afar following the concerns over Benjamin Mendy’s injury record.

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Any potential suitors are going to be required to pay big if they want to sign him though. The Spaniard has a contract until 2023 that includes a €50 million release clause.

The huge asking price means that both Newcastle and Palace are unlikely to sanction a move for such a young and unproven talent.

Interest in the player’s services is only likely to rise over the coming months should he continue to impress in the manner he is so far this season.

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