It’s quite obvious that Sporting Lisbon are very willing to sell their winger Diego Capel, and Newcastle have been linked with having an interest in him for over twelve months now.
Diego Capel – Sporting Lisbon seem desperate to get rid of him
Last January he was available for around £5M, but that was probably too much for owner Mike Ashley to pay for the then 25 year-old, but now he is available for less than that because Sporting Lisbon want his huge wages off their wage bill.
The reason they want his huge wages off their wage bill is he simply isn’t producing for the Lisbon club, and hence they are willing to make a deal (any deal) to get him off the books.
The Portuguese newspaper O Jogo have published an article reporting that Sporting Lisbon would be willing to ‘negotiate immediately’ with Newcastle United, so that he can join Newcastle in January.
But why would we want a player – who is on (very) high wages – who is not delivering for his current club?
Mike Ashley may be a lot of things, but he’s not daft, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle show any interest in the 26 year-old Spanish International in this transfer window.
O Jogo seem to be a front to negotiate for Sporting Lisbon, and they have reported that the Lisbon club would be willing to do a loan deal followed by a permanent transfer – anything to get his wages off the books.
There is a reason why Sporting Lisbon seem desperate to offload this player – and believe us – it’s not because he’s been playing great for them.
It’s also not like Newcastle are short of wingers either.
Here’s some information on the player:
- Diego has played for all the Spanish Youth sides – from U16 through U23, and he made 61 appearances for the Youth sides and also has two full caps.
- He was brought through the Sevilla youth system as a youngster, and he made his debut for Sevilla at age 17, and played 173 times for the club with 12 goals before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2011 on a five year contract.
- In three seasons in Lisbon he has made 114 appearances with 15 goals.
What do you think?
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