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The Newcastle United Blog | Newcastle again linked with ‘very strong’ Croatia international

Newcastle are once again linked with Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, whose name emerged in the summer and resurfaced in November. According to 90 minutes, the 25-year-old is one of the alternatives Newcastle could consider if negotiations for Diego Carlos do not progress.

Sevilla are still maintaining their intentions to keep Carlos, who has a £66m release clause. With time running out in this window, Newcastle may have to move on from the Brazilian.

Newcastle are likely hoping to bring in two centre-backs before the window closes at the end of the month. However, they faced reluctant sellers in their pursuit of Carlos and Lille’s main target Sven Botman.

Caleta-Car presents a less controversial option as he only has 18 months left on his contract with Marseille. The French club have been willing to entertain offers for the Croatia international since the start of last year with Wolves, West Ham and Liverpool linked.

Marseille are also open to a first loan with a view to a permanent contract. This represents much less risk for Newcastle, who currently sit 19th in the table. Depending on how the trip from Norwich to Watford goes tonight, we could be 5 points from safety.

club matches Goal difference Points
14 Brentford 22 -11 23
15 Leeds 20 -15 22
16 Everton 19 -ten 19
17 watford 19 -14 14
18 Norwich 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle 20 -23 12
20 Burnley 17 -11 11

Caleta-Car has made 105 appearances for Marseille since joining from RB Salzburg in the summer of 2018. According to Salary Sport, he is on £47,000 a week so Newcastle can offer him a decent pay rise.

At 6’4″, the 25-year-old is dominant in the air. He is also very physical but also comfortable with the ball. Former Liverpool defender and Croatia international Dejan Lovren believes he is well suited for England saying the following few years ago:

“In my opinion, Duje could easily play in England.

“He is physically very strong, stronger than the other players. It will explode in a few years and become even stronger.

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