Juventus defender Mauricio Isla is on Newcastle United’s shortlist of players to replace Mathieu Debuchy.
The France right-back has not yet completed his projected move to Arsenal, but the Magpies are already planning how to spend the £10m plus extras they hope to receive.
Feyenoord's Daryl Janmaat and Toulouse’s Serge Aurier are targets, and it is thought the Gunners are willing to offer Carl Jenkinson as a makeweight. But according to reports in Italy Newcastle are weighing up a £5.5m bid for Isla.
The versatile Chilean was an ever-present for his country at this summer’s World Cup. He made three appearances at right-back, and one on the right-hand side of midfield. He can also play in central and left midfield.
That the 26-year-old is comfortable further forward will be particularly important in replacing Debuchy, who is a particularly adventurous full-back.
Newcastle will be banking on the fact Isla has never been able to nail down a regular place at Juventus since joining from Udinese in 2012. However, his prominent role with one of the World Cup’s last 16 sides should ensure they have plenty of competition. Marseille have also been mentioned, along with Southampton – rich in cash but short on players after an end-of-season exodus.
Isla has played 29 games for the ‘Old Lady’ in two seasons, with Swiss Stephan Liechsteiner the preferred option. Further complicating the deal is the fact that Udinese have a 50% stake in Isla, increasing the number of parties Newcastle could have to negotiate with.
The Magpies continue to be active in France, with midfielder Kingsley Coman revealing he turned down the chance to join the Magpies.
The 18-year-old has been compared to Paul Pogba and now the pair will be team-mates after Coman turned down a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain to sign for Juventus.
“Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham were interested in me too,” he said. “But I have chosen Juventus because I love their history.”
Newcastle are also trying to tie up a deal for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella and are looking at Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere as they look to add to their attacking options.
France Under-21 striker Riviere has also been linked with West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City having failed to make an impression at the big-spending club.
Dimitar Berbatov’s arrival has only pushed the 24-year-old further down the pecking order at a club where Colombian Radamel Falcao is the star attraction.
Having seen Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong return to their parent clubs after loan spells and released Shola Ameobi, Newcastle are in desperate need of a player who can challenge Papiss Demba Cisse to improve on his poor form of last season.
Teenager Adam Armstrong is the only other out-and-out centre-forward on the books, and he is yet to score in the Premier League. Siem de Jong, signed from Ajax last week, has played as a No.9, but sees himself as a No.10.