Everton leading race to sign £12m 'complete' player over Newcastle
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Everton leading race to sign £12m ‘complete’ player over Newcastle.

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Since the takeover, Newcastle United has primarily focused on signing younger players.

 

Newcastle have not gone the Chelsea route of spending large sums of money on players who have yet to establish themselves, but there has been a definite emphasis on preparing for the future.

Headline acquisitions Sven Botman, Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes, Anthony Gordon, Tino Livramento, and Sandro Tonali were all in their early to mid-twenties when they arrived at St James’ Park.

There are, of course, exceptions to the pattern, such as Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Chris Wood, and Nick Pope, but it has been a noticeable policy during PIF ownership.

So it’s hardly surprising that they’ve been linked to another young talent.

However, Newcastle may not have an easy time pursuing him.

Everton are now beating Newcastle United to a potential transfer this summer

According to The Sun, Newcastle are among the clubs interested in signing Freiburg midfielder Merlin Rohl.

The 21-year-old is allegedly interested in joining St James’ and will cost roughly £12 million to sign.

However, Everton are thought to be leading the race to sign him.

The Toffees are thought to have scouted the German U21 international and see him as a potential replacement for Amadou Onana, who has been linked with Newcastle.

Crystal Palace is also reported to be interested, although Everton are said to be the frontrunners at this point, despite the fact that the transfer market has yet to open.

Who is Merlin Rohl and what is his style of play?

 

Rohl is a central midfielder who joined Freiburg from his hometown club FC Ingolstadt in 2022.

According to Transfermarkt data, the midfielder has played in a variety of positions this season, including an orthodox central role, both wings, and support striker.

In 34 appearances across all competitions, he has three goals and four assists, and former Ingolstadt coach Tomas Oral has labeled him as the “complete midfielder”.

Rohl’s current manager, Christian Streich, described him as having “pace and great movement.” He has the potential to make a significant impact, and he is absolutely committed to the club.”

 

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