Hoffenheim turned down £43m bid for Newcastle United ‘target’ Joelinton – Bild
Last weekend there was an interesting/bizarre ‘exclusive’ in Germany regarding Newcastle United and Joelinton (see below).
German media organisation Sport1 claimed that Newcastle had been in talks for some time and were set to agree a 60m euros (£52m) summer move for the 22 Brazilian striker.
Strange on so many levels but especially the bit about Mike Ashley supposedly agreeing for Newcastle United to pay £52m on one player.
That has now been followed up by Bild in Germany.
They now report that a 50m euros (£43m) bid was made [by an unnamed club] and Hoffenheim’s Director of Football, Alexander Rosen has confirmed that a bid was indeed turned down in January.
However, when Bild put it to Rosen about the claimed new Newcastle interest/bid, the Hoffenheim Director of Football replied:
“To be honest, there is not one, there are not five, there are dozens of clubs that are interested in him [Joelinton].”
He then added that the Bundesliga club are in a stronger position these days to reject offers for star players BUT that you do have to accept your position in the ‘food chain.’
In other words, Hoffenheim know that it is inevitable Joelinton will leave sometime if he continues his progress, quite probably this summer, but he won’t be allowed to leave on the [relative] cheap.
Seen as they sold another Brazilian striker, Robert Firmino, to Liverpool for £37m four years ago, fair to say that when Joelinton does leave Hoffenheim, he won’t be turning up at Newcastle, at least certainly not whilst Mike Ashley is still in charge.
Claims of Joelinton bid rejected in Bild:
Although Hoffenheim patron Dietmar Hopp (78) has long withdrawn from the daily business – his word still carries weight.
When TSG [Hoffenheim] received a 50 million bid for striker Joelinton (22) in the winter, Hopp vetoed.
Reason: The Brazilian is too important in the fight for Europe.
[Director of Football] Alexander Rosen:
“We have developed great strength to be able to say no – which we have proven in the past.”
Questionable, though, is that also true for summer?
Newcastle is said to be ready to pay 60 million for Joelinton.
“To be honest, there is not one, there are not five, there are dozens of clubs that are interested in him.
“It is about knowing the place in the food chain.
“There are fewer clubs over us than three, four, five years ago. But: At a certain moment things are unstoppable.”
The Mag – 23 February 2019:
According to an ‘exclusive’ from Germany on Saturday morning, Newcastle United are finalising an agreement to buy Joelinton.
The 22 year old has impressed for Hoffenheim this season, both in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
The Brazilian striker scoring 10 goals and getting eight assists so far, in 24 starts and four appearances from the bench.
Brought over from Brazilian club Sport Recife as an 18 year old in 2015, Hoffenheim paid £2m.
Sent on loan these past two seasons to Austria club Rapid Vienna, Joelinton has made 56 starts and 19 off the bench, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.
Obviously Joelinton has stepped up on that form when finally getting his chance with Hoffenheim.
However, there is one major part of the exclusive that is ‘slightly’ difficult to believe.
German media organisation Sport1 report that talks have been going on for weeks and that final agreement should be reached this coming week.
He recently agreed a new contract taking him up to 2022 with Hoffenheim but the big problem with belief in the story is the reported price tag.
Difficult to believe the striker’s valuation is that after what he has achieved so far and impossible to believe that Mike Ashley would allow anywhere near that much to be spent on a player.
Actually, near impossible that he would allow that in total to be spent in total this summer.
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