Newcastle United have been linked with left-back Raphael Guerreiro, the 21 year-old Portugal International who plays for Lorient in France, after he joined them two years ago from Caen.
With Newcastle also linked with Leeds United full-back Sam Byram today, it does look like the defender Newcastle want to bring in this month is a full-back.
Raphael Guerreiro – 21 year-old Lorient left-back
We don’t think the club will bring in another top center-back, with Coloccini now signed up for a couple of years, and the top choice central defense partnership will be Coloccini and new signing Chancel Mbemba, and for their first outing together they did well on Sunday afternoon against Southampton.
It also looks like Steve McClaren wants to bring in a young player with both Sam and Raphael being only 21.
Lorient President Loic Fery wants a big fee for his 5ft 7ins tall left-back, and he has said this to L’Equipe:
“I do not understand why Raphael would supposedly be worth €12m, when I hear that and Lucas Digne and Layvin Kurzawa are worth €25M today” “Nobody is non-transferable, but it must be for the right price.”
In other words what Fery is saying is that he is willing to sell at the right price – a high price of €12M which is around £8.5M – but that’s certainly affordable to Newcastle if they think Guerreiro is worth that much.
Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are two other clubs also said to be interested in the player.
Guerreiro would probably start at left back if he is signed and only Janmaat and the experienced Coloccini would keep their places from last season’s defense, which leaked far too many goals and is still our weakness today.
Raphael was born in France to a Portuguese father and a French mother, and he has elected to play International football for Portugal – even though he doesn’t speak much Portuguese.
He made his International debut last November in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Armenia.
He’s the type of player Newcastle like to sign – somebody who is young and who can still improve as he gets games in the Premier League.
If Raphael does come to Tyneside he will challenge Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett for the left back spot, and he could be thought of as a replacement for Davide Santon.
We have no idea why Newcastle sold Santon in late January, since he never wanted to leave Newcastle, but we’ll put it down to collateral damage caused by the short but very disastrous reign of John Carver at the club.
It does look like Steve McClaren wants to bring a full back in before September 1st.
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