The Portuguese newspaper O Jogo is reporting that Benfica’s striker Oscar Cardozo has been the subject of at least 3 clubs, with one of those clubs being Newcastle United.
Oscar Cardozo – Benfica striker stands just under 6’5″ tall
There was also news in January that Newcastle were interested in the Paraguayan striker, but nothing came of that interest.
Oscar scored 22 goals for the Lisbon club in his very first season in Europe, after his transfer from Newell’s Old Boys last summer for around Â£7M.
The reports say that Kevin Keegan is eager to take the 6’5″ Cardozo to St James’ Park, but the Portuguese club rejected Newcastle’s offer of almost Â£20M.
It is also said that Benfica have also rejected approaches from Manchester City and Tottenham, who are said to have offered Â£12M for the 25-year-old striker.
However, it looks like the Paraguayan is extremely satisfied with life at Benfica and he does not want to leave the club so soon.
Cardozo said yesterday:
“Over the next few days I will know if there is anything, but honestly I am here to win titles, especially the league title.”
“I do not want to think about anything else,”
“I have four years left in my contract, I get along with everyone, and I will only leave the club after being champion.”
Before joining Benfica he played for Newell Old Boys 33 times and scored 21 goals.
Oscar seems more than a decent player, and certainly would add some power up front with his strong heading ability.
Â£20M also seems to be an attractive offer to Benfica for the player.