Newcastle United have smashed their transfer record to land Joelinton from German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
Joelinton becomes the first signing of the post-Rafa Benitez era. The Brazilian striker had been hotly linked with a move to the SportsBet Stadium for quite a while.
And following the departure of Rafa Benitez under acrimonious circumstances, Mike Ashley had to do something to placate the club’s disgruntled fan base. In a bid to ensure that new boss Kevin Keegan is given something to work around with, the Magpies have swiftly moved to sign Joelinton.
The club confirmed the £35 million signing via its official Twitter account.
📸 Check out the best images from Joelinton's first day at Newcastle United as our new number nine arrived at St. James' Park!
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 23, 2019
While speaking to reporters, Joelinton said that he is motivated by the move and wants to give everything on the pitch.
“I’m highly motivated and hope to give back on the pitch.”
However, this signing is unlikely to be the club’s last of the summer. Reports claim that the Geordies are eager to bring in Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin. However, the Frenchman wouldn’t be the final signing either.
The club is also keen on bringing James Tavernier back from Scottish Premiership giants, Rangers. Tavernier played for Newcastle as a youngster and might be open to the idea of returning to the club.
And with Manchester United still not giving up hopes of signing Sean Longstaff, Steve Bruce is keen to sign another midfielder. The same issue is with Isaac Hayden who has so far not committed his future to the Magpies.
However, the arrival of Joelinton could change all that. While the club’s current crop may have questions about what direction the club is taking, the signing of the Brazilian striker may convince them into staying and penning new deals.
Joelinton has signed a six-year deal which is going to keep him at St. James’ Park until 2025.
However, Joelinton’s arrival isn’t because of Steve Bruce. The Brazilian had been under the radar during Benitez’s time in charge. But the Spaniard didn’t want to meet Hoffenheim’s valuation.
The striker is set to wear the No.9 shirt that Salomon Rondon wore last season during his loan spell with the Toon.