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Newcastle eye move for Rayan Cherki

Newcastle United are heavily interested in signing Lyon’s highly-rated attacking midfielder, Rayan Cherki, as per Tutto Juve.

The 20-year-old is possibly one of the most exciting young talents in world football, and definitely one of the finest young graduates to have come out of Lyon’s academy over the years.

The Athletic included him in their series of 50 exciting players under the age of 25 and hailed him as a “footballing unicorn”.

The report from Italy suggests that the Magpies retain a strong interest in the prodigy but they are not alone in the race. The Likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea are also equally keen.

In fact, the Serie A giants have made contact with the player’s agent already. Cherki has a contract at the club until 2025, and he is valued at around £22m.

Newcastle should move for Cherki

The price may appear way too much for a young player, but the Magpies should take the plunge and invest in him.

He is a two-footed player who can do a hell lot of stuff – he can score, he can provide goals for others, he can dribble, and can create chances with crosses and through balls. The youngster is capable of operating on either wing and can play centrally.

Over the years, Lyon have produced top players from the academy such as Anthony Martial, Houssem Aaour, Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso, Loic Remy, Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir and Hatem Ben Arfa, and Cherki is following their footsteps to be at par with them.

He became the youngest-ever scorer in UEFA Youth League history at the age of 15, and the youngest scorer in Lyon’s history (aged 16 years and 140 days). At 17, he became the youngest player to play in the Champions League semifinal – it comes as no surprise that big clubs are vying for his signature.

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