Newcastle United are reportedly considering a move for Celta Vigo youngster Gabri Veiga - but will face major competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The talented 20-year-old midfielder has caught the eye of several clubs around Europe after breaking into the Celta side this season. After scoring in his side’s 3-1 win at Espanyol on Saturday night, Veiga has now found the net on nine occasions and provided three assists in 44 appearances in all competitions for the Balaidos club.
His recent progression has received praise from Celta manager Carlos Carvahal, who tipped the youngster to have a big future in a recent interview, saying: “He is a player of a very high level. He is a player that is not common, not only in Spain, because we play with two midfielders and he appears very well in finishing zones, he knows how to play, he is intelligent and very strong. He is a surprise to me. When I arrived I loved it and so far it has not disappointed me.”
The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for Veiga in recent weeks - but Spanish outlet Cadena SER have named Newcastle as one of two Premier League clubs that are willing to meet the £34m release clause in the youngster’s current contract.
However, the report also states Veiga will ask Real Madrid to match any offer from the Premier League and will move to the Bernabeu if the reigning La Liga champions make a suitable bid that could include one of their own youngsters in a part exchange deal. The report reveals Veiga is ready to change his agent and has ‘contacted one of the superagents of the soccer world’ as he looks to make the next step in what already seems to be a promising career.