Newcastle United are reportedly leading the race to sign Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili this summer. The 23-year-old Georgian international has been scouted extensively by Newcastle and is seen as a potential alternative to their current goalkeeping options [oai_citation:1,Newcastle eye move for Giorgi Mamardashvili as Martin Dubravka alternative](https://sportsview.co.uk/2024/05/newcastle-eye-move-for-giorgi-mamardashvili-as-martin-dubravka-alternative) [oai_citation:2,Valencia stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili has three reasons for wanting to join Newcastle United this summer – Football España](https://www.football-espana.net/2024/05/02/valencia-stopper-giorgi-mamardashvili-has-three-reasons-for-wanting-to-join-newcastle-united-this-summer). Mamardashvili is interested in the move due to the prospect of playing in the Premier League, being promised the first-choice spot, and joining a club with ambitions for regular European competition [oai_citation:3,Valencia stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili has three reasons for wanting to join Newcastle United this summer – Football España](https://www.football-espana.net/2024/05/02/valencia-stopper-giorgi-mamardashvili-has-three-reasons-for-wanting-to-join-newcastle-united-this-summer). The potential transfer fee is expected to be around €35 million [oai_citation:4,Valencia stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili has three reasons for wanting to join Newcastle United this summer – Football España](https://www.football-espana.net/2024/05/02/valencia-stopper-giorgi-mamardashvili-has-three-reasons-for-wanting-to-join-newcastle-united-this-summer).

According to Fichajes, Newcastle United could accelerate their pursuit of a goalkeeper ahead of the summer as they are the front-runners to sign Giorgi Mamardashvili. The Georgian goalkeeper is ready to leave La Liga club Valencia, with Los Che willing to accept a big bid of around €40 million knowing well the competition for the player.

Newcastle United are very likely to recruit a top-rated goalkeeper in the summer to usher in an era of defensive stability and bring in a long-term option. Nick Pope has been sensational for them since arriving from Burnley. But he has missed more than half the current season due to a serious injury.

The Magpies want to prioritise signing key defenders to ease their back problems in the summer. However, they also want a solid goalkeeping option to ensure competition for the No.1 position is of the highest order ahead of next season.

This is a club plan, and they have earmarked many names on their list, including that of Valencia star Giorgi Mamardashvili. The Georgian has been sensational in the three seasons with Los Che, and now it appears he is ready to leave the club for a more significant challenge.