There is a report in the Portuguese media outlet A Bola that Newcastle United scouts were again watching Porto last night.
Porto won 1-0 over SC Braga although it hasn’t been clear which player or players Newcastle have been watching – but obviously Rafa is having his scouts watch a specific Porto player.
Newcastle have been represented at Porto matches several times of late and A Bola are suggesting the player interesting the Newcastle manager could well be Hector Herrera, the 26 year old 48 times capped Mexican International midfielder.
Hector Herrera 26 year-old Mexican International box to box midfielder
That’s because Rafa Benitez has been linked with this player for over three years now and when he was managing Napoli from 2013-2015 there was constant media speculation that Rafa wanted the classic box-to-box midfielder at the Italian club.
At that time Napoli scouts were regularly seen at Port matches – with Herrera being at Porto since 2013 after joining them from Mexican club C.F. Pachuca.
The news is that he has a release clause in his contract of €40M (£33.5M).
It seems that the player is being watched as a possible summer transfer for the Magpies and it is an area of the team we need to improve, so it seems to make sense.
The Mexican gained his first full cap back in 2012, and won the Olympic gold medal in that year’s Olympic football tournament in London.
He was also part of the Mexico side that won the 2015 Gold Cup, and he represented his country two years ago at the 2014 World Cup.
In 2014, The Guardian listed him as one of 100 best footballers in the world.
Herrera was named the Porto captain last season and since 2013 he has made 121 appearances with 20 goals and 22 assists for Porto.
From what we can tell he looks a (very) good player who Newcastle will be willing to go to at least £20M to sign this summer.
What do you think?