Newcastle are struggling to sign a better centre-back this month to plug our very elusive defence.
But there is good news today with Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter (still) available to sign for a very small fee, before becoming a free agent this summer.
The report comes from Calciomercato, and Borussia Mönchengladbach are looking to cash in on the 27-year-old before he leaves on a free transfer this summer.
The 27-year-old, 6ft 2in centre-back has been capped 46 times for Germany and would no doubt strengthen Newcastle’s defence.
It looks like Ginter isn’t keen on signing a new contract with the German club and is waiting to become a free agent this summer, where he could get some personal deals.
But Newcastle could offer him the best salaries now, if he joins us this month, and it looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach only want €5m (£4.2m) for him, before losing him for nothing in five months.
He has been a regular for the German club this season and has started 16 of their 18 league games this season.
Ginter joined Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund and in five seasons he has played 159 games scoring 10 goals.
During the three seasons at Borussia Dortmund, he played 102 games with 4 goals.
The asking price of £4.2m seems too high for Italian powerhouse Inter Milan, who love the player but are only willing to pay around £2.5m for him.
Former German national coach Joachim Low is a big fan of the player and he told Bundesliga.com:
“I have the feeling that he is underestimated by the public.”
“When he played with us, he always did his job well.”
“As a coach you know what to expect from him”
“He’s reliable and he’s able to do what we want him to do, which is help build the game from the back.”
It looks like he could be a great acquisition for Newcastle at a bargain price, and we can only suppose he told Newcastle he didn’t want to join us.
If that’s not true, why isn’t he already a Newcastle player?