Newcastle have been linked with an extraordinary move for Hoffenheim striker Joelinton, in a move that would supposedly set the Magpies back €60 million.
A truly astonishing rumour, this one might sit in the Hall of Fame for players Newcastle have been linked with over the years.
However, what if this one held some truth?
Newcastle would be shattering their transfer record for the second time in a year, and one of the hottest prospects in world football could be making the move to St James’ Park.
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We thought we’d look at the player in question, and see what Rafael Benitez could be entrusted with.
Here are five things to know about Joelinton:
1) He's a new-age target man
Gone are the days of lofty strikers whose sole responsibility is to win headers, hold up play, and poach goals in the box. Joelinton is a crafty figurehead in the Hoffenheim team, and is at his best with the ball at his feet. A strong dribbler, the 6’1 powerhouse also has an eye for a pass. Defensively, he is a perfect choice to start a press high up the pitch, should that be something Benitez wanted to turn to.
2) ...but still has that nose for goal
With ten goals in all competitions so far this season, Joelinton is more than happy to pull the trigger when necessary. The highlight came all the way back in August when the forward netted a hat-trick in cup action against Kaiserslautern, announcing himself to the Hoffenheim fans in style.
3) Time is on his side
Aged just 22, there is a lot of room for Joelinton to develop further. Having a good record of helping players to realise their potential, I believe that Rafael Benitez would be a safe pair of hands for Joelinton to entrust his future to.
4) He was earmarked as a future star by his country
Joelinton was picked four times for Brazil’s under-17s back in 2012, and scored twice against the stars of tomorrow. Despite not having been selected for national duty since, his strong form may mean he is once again welcomed back into the Brazilian fold.
5) He's a wanted man...
As a result of the high level of play Joelinton has reached at such a young age, several clubs have taken an interest in the attacker. Newcastle may find themselves in some kind of bidding war, a battle which not long ago no one would have given them a chance in. The signing of Miguel Almiron might signify a change in tact for the ownership on Tyneside however, with the top brass eager to keep hold of manager Rafael Benitez.