April 18, 2024

Newcastle United is currently thought to be leading the race to recruit a teenage defender who has been compared to Mats Hummel.

Eddie Howe’s injury crisis has been very astonishing this season, sabotaging any meaningful hope of advancement.

Fans will be disappointed to see Sven Botman join Nick Pope and Joelinton on the long-term injured list, as three of the club’s most important players.

Eddie Howe will undoubtedly want more depth next season, even if the club does not participate in Europe.

Newcastle appear to be in need of a squad overhaul, with some peripheral players, such as Paul Dummett and Matt Targett, being replaced with players with long-term potential.

However, Newcastle are currently believed to be leading the fight to acquire Juventus defender Dean Huijsen this summer.

According to De Telegraaf, Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund are’serious candidates’ to sign the 18-year-old for roughly £26 million.

Newcastle want Juventus defender Dean Huijsen who’s been compared to Mats Hummels

Dean Huijsen joins Roma on loan - Juventus

 

According to the article, Dortmund considers Huijsen to be a natural successor to Hummels, who is currently 35 years old.

6ft 4in Huijsen is presently on loan with Roma, where he has played 12 Serie A games this season.

The Spanish youth international was expected to play a larger role at his parent club by now, leading to speculation that he will leave if things don’t improve.

De Telegraaf did claim that Juventus would like to utilize the youngster in a swap deal for Atalanta’s Teun Koopmeiners, but such a trade would undoubtedly be impossible.

As a result, it appears that both Newcastle and Dortmund would be well-positioned to pursue a move for a defender who will not mind being compared to Hummels.

Perhaps Hujisen’s profile is ideal for Newcastle, as he will demand minutes but can also be moved in and out of the squad.

Definitely one to keep an eye on, as Newcastle are also looking for a far more costly defender.

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