Valencia owner names price tag for 23 y/o international who can ‘transform’ Newcastle United

Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi MamardashviliValencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili
Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili | AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle United have been linked with a big-money move for Valenvia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili

Valencia owner Peter Lim has slapped a £34million price tag on goalkeeping sensation Giorgi Mamardashvili, according to reports.

Various sources have named the 23-year-old as the man Newcastle United want to succeed Nick Pope between the sticks. Mamardashvili has emerged as one of the continent's most promising shot-stoppers and is preparing for a Euro 2024 campaign.

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Georgia made history by reaching the finals for the first time, with Mamardashvili being part of a golden generation. The goalie, who has 16 caps for his national team, kept 13 La Liga clean sheets last season - the fourth-highest in the division.

That is despite Valencia finishing ninth, eight points adrift from a European place. The goalkeeper position proved a problem area for Eddie Howe last season once Pope suffered a shoulder injury.

He missed 23 games, returning on the final day against Brentford and featuring in the end-of-season friendly with Tottenham Hotspur. Pope’s absence saw Newcastle suffer a severe downturn in form - with defensive frailties coming to the fore.

Martin Dubravka did not look as competent as he did during his early Toon career, with Loris Karius also conceding four against Arsenal. The German is set to leave the Magpies when his contract expires next month.

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Mark Gillespie has been given a one-year deal but, given Pope’s shoulder, Newcastle feel as though they need dependable competition. Spanish outlet Marca claim Valencia owner Lim - who also owns a controlling stake in Salford City - wants to keep transformative keeper Mamardashvili but would be prepared to accept €40million.

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