Report: Newcastle now leading the race to sign 'incredibly prolific' Leeds target
Newcastle United and Leeds United are just two of the clubs reportedly eyeing Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos.
The Magpies have been linked with the 21-year-old since June, but speculation has intensified in recent days.
But earlier this week, 90Min reported that Jesse Marsch’s Whites were also monitoring Ramos’ situation.
Leeds could certainly do with a new striker to compete with Elland Road star Patrick Bamford this season.
The Whites ace has had his fair share of injury worries and Leeds certainly need cover for him.
However, Newcastle and Leeds are far from the only Premier League clubs apparently in pursuit of the Portuguese.
Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham, Wolves and Nottingham Forest are reportedly eyeing Ramos too.
And then, you have the not insignificant threat coming from French giants Paris Saint-Germain too.
It’s not surprising to head that the Benfica ace is in demand, as he’s a quality player.
But luckily for Newcastle fans, it looks as though their club is the frontrunner to sign Ramos.
Portuguese outlet Record – via Sport Witness – claims the Magpies are ‘most advanced’ in the race for the player.
Apparently, Newcastle are ‘finishing’ preparing their offer of over €30m (£25m) for the signing.
This has come about due to Eddie Howe being ‘impressed’ when they faced the Eagles in the Eusebio Cup.
Record points out that Ramos not only scored against the Magpies, but ‘threatened their goal more times’.
This apparently stayed in the Premier League club’s mind.
According to the report, Benfica are open to negotiating, and want €40m (£34m) to let him go.
Will Newcastle, Leeds or another suitor win Ramos race?
Ramos is an ‘exciting forward rated as one of Europe’s top attacking prospects’, according to The Sun.
The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last season with eight goals and four assists from 46 games.
And this term, Ramos already has three goals and three assists from three games.
He has also impressed at international Under-21 level, with 14 goals in just 18 games for Portugal’s U21s.
Football talent scout Jacek Kulig lauded Ramos in 2020, calling him “incredibly prolific” on Twitter.
Both Newcastle and Leeds could really do with him in their ranks – but they have a lot of competition.