Newcastle transfer news: Magpies reportedly 'top of the list' as agents of £30m star at Euro 2020 hold talks with PL sides
Newcastle United are seemingly leading the race to sign Rafa Silva in the transfer window, with the Sunday Mirror (27/6; page 74) reporting that his agents are speaking to clubs in England about a potential £30 million move.
The Magpies will be looking to build on their superb end to last season. Of course, the fans will be worried that they may just find themselves back in relegation contention once again.
It was recently claimed that Steve Bruce is set to be handed £50 million to spend this summer.
And perhaps it may well be that he spends a large portion of that on Rafa.
The Sunday Mirror (27/6; page 74) reports that Benfica are looking to sell the 28-year-old. It is claimed that they hope to raise funds to pursue their own targets.
And interestingly, the report suggests that his agents have spoken with a number of English sides. Newcastle are said to be top of the list.
Rafa – who provided an assist as Portugal beat Hungary at Euro 2020 – is available for around £30 million.
Would Rafa transfer signal Newcastle have given up on bringing back Joe Willock?
The same report that claimed that Bruce is set to have £50 million to spend also claimed that bringing Joe Willock back may cost £30 million.
Willock was outstanding while out on loan from Arsenal. He ended the campaign with seven goals in his final seven appearances for the Magpies.
Rafa can play all over the midfield and attack. So his arrival on Tyneside would not necessarily mean that Newcastle have given up hope on signing Willock.
But signing both players would seemingly cost the Magpies £60 million. Obviously, that may be beyond Bruce’s budget.
It will not help that Arsenal must surely be content with the idea of keeping Willock.