According to Turkish newspaper Sabah, Newcastle United are in talks about Besiktas 27 year-old attacking midfielder Manuel Fernandes.
Manuel Fernandes - Besiktas attacking midfielder
The 9 times capped Portuguese International joined the Turkish club two years ago from Valencia for an undisclosed fee, and has only one year left of his three-year contract.
Fernandes was born in Lisbon and is an attacking central midfielder, who has good technique, fine dribbling skills and his passing is good, and he has an excellent shot from distance.
Besiktas have been trying to get a deal done for their Portuguese International, but have been unsuccessful, which is why presumably Newcastle have been alerted, and of course Newcastle have to keep tabs on central midfielders, just in case we lose Yohan Cabaye in this transfer window.
And it’s interesting that Alan Pardew recently said that he admired Portuguese players because of their skills, technique and professionalism, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Newcastle were after some Portuguese players this summer.
And Fernandes has Premier League experience too, having had loan spells at Portsmouth (2006) and Everton (2007) while he was at his first club Benfica, and another loan spell at Everton (2008) while he was at Valencia in La Liga.
Manuel joined Benfica back in 2002, and stayed there for five years before he joined Valencia in August of 2007, on a six-year contract for the Spanish side in a deal worth a massive £12M – and the deal included a £51M buy-out clause.
Fernandes in action for Portugal against Poland 18 months ago
Fernandes stayed at Valencia for four years before moving two years ago to Besiktas, and the player has also been closely linked with West Ham, Sunderland and Southampton.
There are no reports on what the fee may be for the Portuguese International play-maker, who turns 28 next February.
The right-footed player as listed as worth around £12M on the transfermarkt.co.uk web-site – but Newcastle would only pay that if they sell Cabaye for say £25M.
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