Newcastle United are reportedly set to revive their interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Mitchel Bakker after failing with an attempt to sign him in January.
According to the print edition of Sport BILD, as relayed by Sport Witness, Newcastle United are considering making a fresh offer for Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Bakker came through the youth ranks at AFC Ajax and made 37 senior appearances for the club before being signed by PSG in 2019. The 21-year-old spent two years in Paris but never managed to establish himself as a regular starter. And following the arrival of Nuno Mendes last summer, he left Les Parisiens to join Bayer Leverkusen.
Since arriving in Germany, Bakker has made 28 appearances for Die Werkself, in which he has contributed one goal and four assists. However, as per the report from BILD, the young left-back could be on the move again in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Newcastle United emerging as a possible suitor.
The Magpies are set for a pivotal summer window as they look to equip manager Eddie Howe with a team that can challenge for European football. Several areas will need to be strengthened over the upcoming months, with the left-back position also needing a closer look.
Newcastle United signed Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa in January and are considering making his move permanent at the end of the season. However, the Englishman does not have quality cover in the position as Jamal Lewis is not rated by Howe and is likely to be shipped off in the summer.
Paul Dummett is an option and is likely to sign a new contract with Newcastle. But, his injury record does not inspire much confidence. As a result, another left-back would be a welcome addition even if the Tynesiders sign Targett permanently. And that is where Bakker enters the picture.
Newcastle were close to signing the 21-year-old from Leverkusen in January in a deal worth €20 million, only for it to fall through, which led to Targett’s signing. However, as per the report, the Magpies have maintained contact with Bakker’s camp ever since and are now considering making a new offer for the defender.
It remains to be seen whether they can strike a deal for the same €20 million fees as January or if Bayer Leverkusen decide to jack up the price. As things stand, though, Bakker is back on the radars of Newcastle and could end up in England.