There were Portuguese media reports in January that Newcastle were interested in Sporting Lisbon’s 23 year-old winger/striker Andre Carrillo.
Sporting Lisbon 23 year-old winger/striker Andre Carrillo
Newcastle will need to bring at least one striker in over the summer, maybe two, and if the news last month was correct we would expect Newcastle to try to bring the Peruvian International to Tyneside.
A Bola reported in late January that it was doubtful if Newcastle would be bringing in any reinforcements in January, and they were right about that.
Instead of strengthening the squad we helped out three other clubs by selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and letting Davide Santon join Inter-Milan on loan.
And we sent five fringe players north of the border to Rangers, further weakening the Newcastle squad through the rest of the season.
There were some reports last month that Newcastle had bid £8M for the 23 year-old 21 times capped Peru International, and that it was turned down by Sporting Lisbon, but it’s hard to validate that happened.
Carrillo is a versatile forward and can play on either wing or as a withdrawn or up-front striker.
He has played 139 times for the Lisbon club after joining them from Peru First Division club Alianza Lima in the summer of 2011 on a five year contract, and he has scored 15 goals ion that time with 30 assists.
He has played well in this season’s Champions League competition and especially against Chelsea – so his stature is growing in Portugal.
Carrillo still has 18 months left on his contract, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if the Tyneside club goes back in for this player in the summer.
Sporting Lisbon are said to be keen to sign the player to a contract extension, but that may be simply to protect their investment in the player – as in keeping the transfer fee high, because it will start to diminish as he gets closer to becoming a free agent next year.
The report in A Bola is that Sporting Lisbon want as much as £24M for their player, but they wont get anywhere near that, and certainly there’s no way Newcastle would pay that much for Carrillo – just no way.
In fact we’d be surprised if Newcastle bid £8M in January.
Sporting Lisbon are short of money and Newcastle may be able to get a reasonable deal done for Carrillo in the summer.
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