Newcastle may be after 22 year-old Serbian International, Filip Duricic, and that’s according to his agent, who has said he has been speaking this week with the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew about a possible transfer for the player.
Filip Duricic – 22 year-old Serbian International
This is what Duricic’s agent Ulisses Santos told One World Sports today, when asked about rumors that Newcastle were interested:
“It is true about Newcastle, I have been speaking with Alan Pardew this week and so let us see what happens by the end of Friday.”
It is absolutely imperative that Newcastle replace Yohan Cabaye by tomorrow night, and if they cannot make progress with Lyon’s Cement Grenier – then Newcastle have to get somebody else in – and maybe this is an alternative signing.
Duricic began his career at the Red Star Belgrade Youth Academy, and in 2007 he spent a year in Greece with top Greek side Olympiacos.
And then in 2010,after initially returning to Red Star Belgrade, Duricic joined SC Heerenveen in January of that year.
Duricic played for Heerenveen until last summer, when he went to Benfica, but he seems to be unhappy at the top Portugal club, because he is not getting enough playing time.
After playing 110 times with 26 goals for Heerenveen over three and a half seasons, he has made only 8 appearances with one goal for the Portuguese side this season, so it’s not surprising he is a mite unhappy.
Benfica signed the player on a five-year contract for just €6M (£5M), so he will be a (much) cheaper option than French International Clement Grenier.
That’s something that would appeal to owner Mike Ashley no doubt – but it could well be Filip would be a better bargain.
The six-foot midfielder was born in Obrenovac in Yugoslavia, and has so far played 15 times for the full Serbian side, and he played 22 times for the Serbian U21 side – and would you believe it – today is his 22nd birthday.
This could also be a ploy by Newcastle to try to get the Grenier deal closed, because in any negotiation, it’s always good to let the other party know that you have alternatives available.
Duricic does have a release clause in his contract – and would you believe it’s for €40M (£33M) – and of course there’s no way Newcastle will pay out that kind of money for a 22 year-old – or any player for that matter.
Why put that in his contract when he cost only €6M six months ago?
Anyway – this news could even be true.
What do you think?
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