Newcastle United are making a move for Serbian International midfielder Filip Djuricic, and the news is being reported by the Portuguese press, and Newcastle officials have already met with the player’s representatives last week in London – so it seems things are starting to move in the transfer market.
Filip Djuricic – while at Heerenveen
Newcastle were after this attacking midfielder in January, after they had failed to sign Frenchmen Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier, but the Tyneside club were unable to get the 22 year-old Serbian International signed.
Djuricic moved from Heerenveen last year, and is on a four and half year contract at Benfica, and he has so far appeared 26 times for Benfica with two goals.
Portuguese newspaper Jogo is reporting that his agent Oliver Cabrera was in London last week, and he was meeting with senior Newcastle officials (Lee Charnley probably) and he was told that Newcastle were interested in signing the midfielder in the summer.
The 6′ tall 22-year-old played well when he was at Dutch club Heerenveen, and in 111 appearances he scored 26 goals and had 28 assists.
Djuricic was born in Obrenovac, in the old Yugoslavia, and he started his career at his local club Radnicki Obrenovac, before moving to the Eredivisie and Heerenveen in 2010 when he had just turned 18, and he has so played 15 times for the full Serbia National team with four goals.
Filip fits perfectly the profile of players Newcastle (make that Mike Ashley) want to sign, and he only turned 22 at the end of January, and this lad is a skillful and talented player who is two footed, and can use either foot with confidence.
No sure if this means that we are not now going after the two Frenchmen Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier, but this lad would appear to be a decent signing.
Benfica paid €6M for him (£5M) last year – so he would cost around the same amount for Newcastle., we think.