Newcastle United were interested in signing Benfica and Serbian International attacking midfielder Filip Duricic eighteen months ago, and there were reports at that time that we had a €10M (£7M) offer for him rejected by the Portuguese club.
It seems that once Graham Carr has done his thorough scouting of a player, he doesn’t forget players – so it may not be too much of a surprise that we are reported to be interested in signing the 23 year-old, who has played 22 times for Serbia with 4 goals.
Filip Duricic – Serbian International attacking midfielder
In February of this year, Duricic was loaned out to Premier League side Southampton until the end of the season, and he played 9 times for the Saints.
ESPN are reporting they believe Newcastle are interested in the 6ft midfielder, and are considering bidding for the player, who is a long term target.
Eighteen months ago his agent Ulisses Santos admitted Newcastle were indeed interested in signing the player, and he said this to One World Sports:
“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.”
Filip is a technically talented midfielder who likes to attack, but he’s found it hard to get games at Benfica since he signed on for €6M two years ago on a five year contract, after spending three seasons at Dutch club Heerenveen.
At Heerenveen he played 111 times with 26 goals and 28 assists, but at Benfica he has made only 22 appearances with 2 goals and 2 assists and is finding it hard to get games.
He was loaned out to Mainz for the season in July of last year – with the option of making the move permanent for €12.5M (£8.7M), but the option wasn’t taken up.
It would not be surprising if we tried to bring the Serbian International to Tyneside, and maybe Filip is one of the ones under the radar screen, that head coach Steve McClaren has talked about recently.
It’s obvious that he has no future at Benfica – and he would probably cost around £8M – that’s an estimate.
If Filip is signed by Newcastle, we would then have two young Serbian Internationals, having already signed 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht for around £12.5M.