Newcastle are being linked with a lot of players already, long before the summer transfer window even opens.
Fernando Alexandre – midfielder is in blue
And the latest player Newcastle have been linked with today is Portuguese midfield star Fernando Alexandre.
The Portuguese midfielder is currently at Portuguese club Leixoes – and they have been struggling this season.
Leixas are currently second bottom of the Portuguese Liga, a full 5 points behind 3rd placed Vitoria Setubal, and the bottom two teams are relegated.
The 5’10” player began his career at Benfica, where he was from 2004 until 2007, but never made a first team appearcne at the club although he did play 27 times for Benfica B.
He was transferred to Mafra in 2007 but was there for only one season, before joining Estrela Amadora in 2008.
And one year later he joined Braga and has been on loan at Leixos all this season.
24-year-old Alexandre has played about 115 first class games with about 9 goals. Today, the player’s agent has confirmed that he has already talked with his club Bragag about the interest that seems to be emanating from England.
His agent Paulo Barbosa said today:
“I am have a meeting with Braga and the function of it will be to advance this subject,”
And the player himself admits he thinks he would do very well in England and wants to play in the Premier League – who doesn’t?
Alexandre said today:
“If the offer is positive for everyone, then I would be diposed to take up the challenge,”
“To play in the Premier League would be an incredible experience.”
“But at the moment I am fighting hard for Leixoes – but it is always good clubs such as Newcastle are looking at you, it is flattering.”
“My agent is handling things, but nothing is finalised as I still have three years on my contract at Braga.”
When an agent is involved you have to usually take things with a pinch of salt, because he is only trying to drum up interest in his client.
It is being reported that Alexandre would cost around €2M, and that’s within the range that Newcastle can afford, but it’s clear Newcasle are after midfield play-makers this summer.
We really have no idea how good this player is, so if any of our Portuguese readers read this – just how good is this lad?