Newcastle United target £26m Serie A wonderkid who can partner Sven Botman

Roma centre-back Dean Huijsen, on loan from JuventusRoma centre-back Dean Huijsen, on loan from Juventus
Roma centre-back Dean Huijsen, on loan from Juventus | Getty Images
Juventus may be forced to sell defensive sensation Dean Huijsen due to financial concerns

Newcastle United are planning a summer swoop for Roma centre-back Dean Huijsen, according to reports.

The 18-year-old is on loan from Juventus and has impressed when given a chance in Serie A this season. Huijsen’s opportunities have grown since heading to the Italian capital but doubts linger over his future.

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He appears unlikely to stay at Roma now sporting director Tiago Pinto has left. Jose Mourinho was also sacked shortly after his arrival - two figureheads linked with moves to St James’ Park.

Juventus are cash-strapped and must offload players or risk another frustrating campaign. Breaching FFP restrictions prevented them from competing in UEFA competition this season and a fire sale is expected in Turin.

Huijsen, as one of Europe’s top talents, could be a possible target for Newcastle. Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Magpies are one of several Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

The defender’s performances since joining Roma have only amplified the hype around a player that legendary manager Mourinho was desperate to get to the Stadio Olimpico. Juven would reportedly accept around £26million for Huijsen, who has represented the Netherlands and Spain at youth level.

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Newcastle are short of options at centre-back since Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles suffered ACL injuries. A centre-back has become a transfer priority, preferably one who can replace Fabian Schar in the long term and partner Botman.

The Saudi-backed ownership have stressed the importance of investing in youth - an area neglected by the previous regime. Big-money fees have been splashed out on stars like Anthony Gordon, Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall and Yankuba Minteh.

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