This has nearly doubled the club’s previous transfer record of £21m for Miguel Almiron, and the player has taken the number nine shirt – as he looks to replace the goal contributions of Salomon Rondon.
Rondon has joined Newcastle’s former boss Rafael Benitez at Dalian Yifang in China and Newcastle have decided to replace Rondon with Joelinton.
The 22-year-old certainly fits the Rondon mould – he is big, strong, and athletic.
The former Recife man, however, also has a good touch and is technically superb – so Newcastle are getting more than a target man.
However, the fact he has taken the number nine shirt would suggest that he will be Newcastle’s main striker and handing the player a six-year deal implies they probably want to keep him for a long time.
This could be considered a worry but at such a young age he has time to develop – the natural attributes are all there, he just needs to prove that he can score consistently in a top league.
The signing of Joelinton has overall, gone down well with a lot of Newcastle fans and he has all the characteristics to be a top-class Rondon replacement.