According to report making the rounds, Newcastle are close to completing a big- money move forHoffenheim strikerJoelton, with Leipzig coachRalf Rangnick, surprised by talk of his side making a bid. He admitted that RB Leipzig would not be able to match Newcastle United ‘s reported €60 million (£52m/$68m) bid for the player. Although he doesn’t think the Magpies would make such a move.
Rafael Benitez’s men broke their long-standing transfer record in January when they paid a fee in the region of £21m ($27m) to Atlanta United, for playmaker Miguel Almira, who shone on his full debut for the Magpies against Huddersfield Town on Saturday
Despite this, Rangnick, who spoke to journalists on Leipzig’s interest in Joelinton, is sceptical that Newcastle would spend such a massive fee, as controversial owner Mike Ashley islookingto sell the club. He did admitthat the purported asking price of €60m would also see Leipzig ruled out of the running for the 22-year-old, though.
He said he only read about Newcastle’spurported willingness to pay roughly £50m for him, Rangnik said if the umbers are true, Leipzig would not pay it. But he would surprise if Newcastle signs him because Mike Ashley, has never paid more than around £20m for a player, and is contemplating selling the club and wants to make a profit.
He went further by saying even if the fee is a bit below the speculated price, they(Leipzig) stillwouldn’t sign him. He said he amuses him that they are being linked with the player on recent days. He stated that Joelintonis a great player but there are more great players – at Hoffenheim and at other teams in the Bundesliga
Joelinton has found the back of the net 10 times for Hoffenheim all competitions so far this season, having spent his first two years at Hoffenheim out on loan with Rapid Vienna.