Newcastle were reportedly interested in CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov this summer. According to Craig Hope with the Daily Mail, Newcastle looked at the 21-year-old but were put off by the fee he would command and didn’t follow up on their initial interest.
Crystal Palace also were keen on the Russian and tried to land Chalov at the end of the summer window. However, they were unable to pry him from his hometown club who rejected their £23m bid.
Earlier this week, Newcastle were linked with having a long-standing interest in RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen. Poulsen, at 25, has blossomed into a star in the Bundesliga. He would most likely command a fee to rival what Newcastle paid Hoffenheim for record-signing Joelinton.
Fedor Chalov– rising star in Russia
We wonder if Newcastle still have an interest in Chalov whose fee would likely be in the £25-30m range.
Chalov is an excellent finisher but also is an astute passer of the ball. He creates a lot of chances for his teammates. While he is not very good in the air like Poulsen is, Newcastle already have Joelinton who has been very impressive with aerial duels this season.
Chalov has scored 4 goals with 3 assists in his 12 appearances this season. Last season, he scored 17 goals and added 7 assists. We think he has the potential to be a striker of real quality. If Newcastle are actually willing to splash the cash for a new striker, we would prefer they go for Chalov over Yussuf Poulsen.
Here is the goal Chalov scored this weekend against Krasnodar which is where former Newcastle midfielder Remy Cabella currently plays.
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