Manchester United target Hugo Ekitike is set to join Newcastle United in the summer window
Hugo Ekitike has been a standout performer in the Ligue 1, scoring ten goals and providing four assists in 25 appearances across all competitions. Apart from being a crucial member of the Reims squad, the 19-year-old has shown considerable improvements in this term, reflecting that the Frenchman could reach significant heights in the coming years.
Hugo Ekitike’s crucial performances haven’t gone unnoticed by top teams. It is believed that Manchester United, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are keeping a close tab on the 19-year-old.
However, now it seems Newcastle United have the edge in the race as Eddie Howe’s team appears to be closing on an agreement with the French club for the signature of Ekitike.
Big blow for United?
In only his second season in Ligue 1, Ekitike has shown mature performances, which reflects that the youngster has strong determination and a winning mentality. Such a prize asset naturally attracts all the attention, and there hasn’t been an anomaly in this case either.
Considering United’s centre-forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani have passed their peak years and will need to be replaced, the Frenchman’s signature could have been a massive advantage for our team.
Having such a young talent would initially boost the depth of your squad. As long as Ronaldo has been providing top-class performances, he could have taken the time to brush up on his qualities and adapt to the system.
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However, if the current news is genuine, our board might have to shift the focus to other targets. Cash-rich Newcastle might not be an easy competitor when it comes to lucrative transfer offers.
Some of the top teams in the world remain interested in him, and each one of them wouldn’t miss any opportunity to secure his signature. Thus the competition is very high, and it will only increase once the summer transfer window opens.