Newcastle United have made a 10m euros (just under £9m) offer for Enzo Perez according to reports on Monday morning.
The 31 year old midfielder cost Valencia over £20m three years ago but they are looking to generate cash to revamp their team, after ending up only 12th in La Liga last season.
Various Spanish media say that Newcastle United are one of the clubs to have been offered the Argentine international, with Valencia hoping to recoup just under less than half of what they paid in 2014, prepared to accept around £9m.
The Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Newcastle have taken them up on that offer and made a bid of around that £9m mark
Enzo Perez would clearly lift the quality of the Newcastle midfield/team, having been good enough to play in Argentina’s semi-final win over Holland (Tim Krul stayed on the bench) in 2014, then also started against Germany in the final in Brazil when Argentina lost 1-0.
Not always a regular for his country, Perez has though played as recently as this calendar year for Argentina and is still a player who would be an asset in the Premier League.
The midfielder won five major titles at Benfica before moving on to Valencia but was twice a losing finalist in the Europa League, including in 2013 when the Portuguese lost out 2-1 in the final to Chelsea, managed by a certain Rafa Benitez.
That run to the final also gave the chance for Newcastle fans to see Enzo Perez, as he played the full game at St James Park in the 1-1 draw of the two legged quarter final, whilst he came off the bench in the away game which Benfica won 3-1.
Injuries had impacted on his time at Valencia and in his first two seasons he made only 28 La Liga appearances, due to calf, thigh and hamstring problems, plus a fractured cheekbone.
However, last season he played in 27 of Valencia’s 38 La Liga matches including 26 starts.
Making 54 league starts and seven off the bench in Spain, the ‘competitive’ midfielder has managed an impressive 31 yellows and one red card, picking up six suspensions in the process.
Last season alone saw 14 bookings and one sending off from those 26 starts and one appearance off the bench.
Not a great goalscorer, Perez has scored no league goals in Spain and got nine in three years at Benfica.
Until Newcastle start to make more signings, we can only guess at what kind of profile Rafa Benitez will be looking for, though he certainly has a history of looking for more experienced players, rather than taking too many risks on younger players.