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Report: Newcastle willing to pay £21.5m for 'unbelievable' attacking talent, formal offer could come next week

Newcastle United are reportedly stepping up their efforts to sign Braga prodigy Roger Fernandes.

The Magpies were initially linked with the 16-year-old winger last week.

Now, A Bola – via Sport Witness – has provided a follow-up report on Newcastle’s purported pursuit of Fernandes.

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The Portuguese outlet claims are the Magpies are moving forward with ‘big money’ for the youngster.

A formal proposal is reportedly on the way, and that could arrive next week.

In addition, Newcastle are said to be readying a £17m bid, but are willing to pay £21.5m for Fernandes.

A Bola explained how the talent a youngster has ‘pulverised’ records at youth level.

Therefore, Newcastle apparently don’t want this opportunity to escape them.

The Magpies reportedly feel he has a big margin of improvement and can go on to be a star for them in the future.

And according to the report, this is the plan the Premier League club have for their progression over the coming years.

This is instead of simply throwing money at marquee names in a gamble for immediate success.

It was previously suggested that Newcastle would let Fernandes stay at Braga for the time being, to continue his development.

“Something special”

In November last year, then Braga manager Carlos Carvalhal spoke to Sky Sports about Fernandes.

“One day, I had a problem with my left winger Galeno,” said the former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday boss.

“And so I went to those responsible for the academy and asked if they had a player in this position.

“They said, ‘Coach, I want you to see this boy.’ So I brought him up to play in a friendly game.

“When doing my analysis notes after the game to correct the boy, there was something that I did not understand.

“This boy was doing everything that we had requested for this position.

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“I wanted to correct something but I had nothing. Absolutely zero.

“It was unbelievable. I know football. This is not normal.

“I asked him the next day, ‘Where did you learn this? Who taught you? This is a complex position.’

“He told me that he watched all of Braga’s games.

“And when he had been told that he would play as a left winger, he spent all that day watching videos of Galeno.

“He had studied his movements in the offensive phase, defensive phase and the transition.

“Wow. At 15 years old, this was something special.

“The modern young player does not like to watch full games but this boy had done all that he could to learn this position.”

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