Newcastle United have been credited with an interest in a player viewed as ‘one of the most promising young talents in European football’.
Spanish outlet AS have namechecked the Magpies as one club that have ‘already moved’ for Real Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda, who has enjoyed a promising start to his first full season with the La Liga club. Still only 18-year-old, the right-back started as a substitute in the first four games of the campaign but was handed a debut in a 2-1 defeat at Girona before going on to play the entire 90 minutes in his side’s following three fixtures.
A hamstring injury kept him on the sidelines for two weeks in October but he has since returned to feature in league defeats against Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao, as well as a Copa del Rey win at Barabadas. Fresneda has also made something of a breakthrough at international level after making his Spain Under-19 debut in August in a goalless draw with their Isreal counterparts.
The defender’s promising displays are said to have alerted several big-name clubs across Europe, with AS suggesting a number of them had already made their interest known. Serie A quartet Roma, Milan, Inter and Juventus are all named and Ligue 1 club Rennes are also reportedly keen on the youngster.
However, the majority of interest comes from the Premier League, with Newcastle named alongside Arsenal, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Brentford, Southampton and Fulham as suitors for the right-back. Significantly, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to be ‘watching’ Fresneda’s progress at their league rivals.
Fresneda could fill one of the areas Eddie Howe is reportedly keen to strengthen as he looks for a young understudy for Kieran Trippier during the January transfer window. The youngster will not have to look far for advice on a possible move to Tyneside as he counts former Magpies loan star Kenedy as one of his team-mates at Valladolid.