This week saw claims that Newcastle United are interested in signing former Ayoze Perez team-mate, Nano.
The 21 year striker having a breakthrough season with Tenerife, Nano scoring 14 goals in 20 starts (plus 15 as sub), goalscoring form which led to him being voted player of the season by the Tenerife supporters.
In 2013/14 Ayoze Perez had a similar year when he scored 16 goals in the Spanish second tier, which led to his move to Tyneside.
Newcastle United, Real Betis and Deportivo la Coruna were all named as clubs who were showing interest.
Now AS report that Nano is ready to consider offers, if they are right for both Tenerife and himself.
“If there is any offer that can help benefit the club and myself, then we can sit down and talk.”
Whilst Nano was said to be open to signing another contract at Tenerife, it looks certain he will leave this summer, the finances in the Spanish second tier just not stacking up if somebody makes a credible offer.
Perez and Nano did play together in the Newcastle striker’s final (2013/14) season on Tyneside and whilst you would imagine that if any deal did happen, Nano would be one for the future. The fact is that the same was said about Perez and yet he came straight into the Premier League and featured in 36 of Newcastle’s 38 games in 2014/15.
Whether or not this transfer story has real substance or not, it looks assured that we will hear plenty of other links with Spanish players in the coming weeks and months, due to Rafa Benitez’ knowledge and contacts in his home country.