Newcastle Make Significant Offer For Midfielder After Failure To Sign Nolito

Newcastle United have been linked strongly with Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Pires of La Liga club Leganes  this year and we were reported to have made an offer for him during the January window.

Pires didn’t want to leave his club in January so it seems Newcastle have bided their time, but it seems we have now made what is being called a significant  offer for the player.

The publication Diario Gol are reporting this news about the 23 year-old who was recently on the books at Juventus.

Gabriel Pires – 23 year-old Brazilian midfielder

The report in Dario Gol also says that Rafa gave the OK to sign Pires after Newcastle tried to sign 30 year-old Nolito from Manchester City, but couldn’t do the deal.

Pires has a £6M release clause in his contract, so we don’t know if the Newcastle offer meets that release clause and will therefore automatically allow Newcastle to speak with the player and his representatives about personal terms.

It’s clear that manager Rafa Benitez rates Pires highly and wants him at Newcastle and Managing Director Lee Charnley and his team are now presumably trying to make the deal with Leganes.

The news in January was that we tried to get a permanent deal done at that time and when that wasn’t possible we tried to arrange a half-season loan deal with an option to buy, but that also fell through.

The Mirror also reported recently that Benitez had kept up to date with the midfielder’s progress via his own contacts in Madrid, of which he has many.

Pires could well be one of the next players signed by Newcastle as Rafa wants the majority of players in before pre-season starts on Monday July 3rd.

Last season Gabriel made 35 total appearances for Leganes with  5 goals and 2 assists.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    May 25, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed you posted :-
    “Pires has a £6M release clause in his contract, so we don’t know if the Newcastle offer meets that release clause and will automatically allow Newcastle to speak with the player and his representatives about personal terms.”

    Not matching the release clause means you cannot speak to the player.

  • Dr. Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Mister Tuff – I think I put in there that they can only talk with player if we bid £6M – think it’s OK – may be it was incorrect initially? Charnley may be trying to get him for less than £6M.

  • martoon

    May 25, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Tuff & Ed, We could offer less and if Leganes accepted the offer they would then give us permission to speak to the player – I admit though very unlikely as they will want the release clause amount at the very least.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 25, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed – thanks for responding – I just thought your initial post was potentially/slightly/possibly ambiguous.
    Would not put it past Penfold to offer less – and then wonder why he was told to clear off.

    Hope your treatment is going OK Ed.

  • Shot Bru

    May 25, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Huddersfield tactics this season.

  • ToonRich

    May 25, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    May 25, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    ToonRich – Which amazing goalie is available to sign? Or at least who would you like us to get?

    Always thought Gerónimo Rulli would become a class gk, I think Man City were looking at him last summer. Perhaps a fit Butland would fit the bill, I’m not sure? Donnarumma would be an obvious Amazing signing for years to come!!!


    May 25, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Hello Ed, hope you treatments are going well ! Happy times at the club at the moment, and long may it continue !

  • JamesToon

    May 25, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Victor Valdes and Gael Clichy on free’s, get them in and solve the GK and LB problem.

    Also hope we splash the cash on William Carvalho, release clause might be £39m but apparently they’ll accept £25m, genuinely think he’s worth it. Iheanacho on loan, if mitro goes then replace him with carroll, chamberlain on loan, cairney, pires, veltman to replace anita then either maguire/semedo/murillo to replace hanley.

  • JamesToon

    May 25, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Townsend could be alternative to chamberlain, then if moneys there replace colback with dendoncker.

  • toontaff2

    May 25, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Not going to even try one of my link specials! 😮
    Maybe already been pushed on here, but The Mag has a link, just on NewsNow, to vote for fans’ player of the season, Dwight Gayle. He’s leading but voting ends at 7pm! Come on, let’s get him the award!

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 25, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    The link was posted on a previous thread Taff

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Just voted for Gayle. Hope he wins.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Dendoncker looks interesting. But other clubs are after him as well. Possibly we need a more veteran DM to sit alongside Hayden for the Prem. Colback can sit on the bench or move on hopefully.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #15

    We’re also following Giuseppe Vermicelli from Italy. Old spaghetti legs as he’s called. A top, top midfielder. Your Senior Official Blog Journo got the story first.

  • toontaff2

    May 25, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    ShireBrook, was wary of breaking the BLOG with one of my classic links! 😆

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Watched the Huddersfield tactics video. Quite interesting. So they hoof the ball up the field and chase after it then?

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #18

    This just in from the Sunderland Daily Suppository:
    Ellis Short: “We’re going to try to organize a five a side league this coming season instead of playing in the Champo. It will be much less expensive for me as most of the players are leaving and I really don’t want to spend much on incoming.”

  • optimistic prime

    May 25, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Can we sign someone else or start pre season early, anything!

  • magspuggy

    May 25, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Did we really try to buy nolito ??

    Is tammy abraham on loan a good idea what would happen with armstrong ?
    If we are going to spend the time and effort to improve a young player and bring him through i would hope that he was owned by us.

    Pires i dont know anything about other than what ive read on here .

  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #21

    So long, Vurnon?

    “United’s retained list will be released in the coming days and Anita and Yoan Gouffran are the two high-profile players who are out-of-contract. According to sources close to Anita, hopes of securing an extension are fading despite Benitez giving him a high-profile role during the Championship season.” (Chronicle)

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Here’s wishing Anita and Gouffy well. They both gave us some decent performances. They had better be replaced by better players though. This Pires sounds interesting. I’m sure there will be many more names to come. It’s a difficult market now. We’ll know a lot more in July but it’s a long wait.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    I would just keep the Thongs of Gloom on permanently if I were the Sunderland supporters. A mid table Champo finish is about all they can hope for. If Ellis Short sells they might have some hope for the future. Maybe the Venky boys need another club?

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Keep up the good work Dr. Ed. We’re pulling for you.

  • Mag52

    May 25, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #25

    So good to see you involved in the banter Ed. (Even if it’s only to put old Tuffty right).
    This suggests that you read pretty well everything on here, in addition to putting up the topics for discussion every day.
    How you do it, while coping with the treatment you’re having, I have no idea.
    Good on you Ed. Hope and pray you’re beating this rotten thing.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 25, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    The last Pires to play in the EPL was a Frenchman, if he’s as good then it’d be a great signing.

    If Rafa does read the various blogs then I’ll bet he’s having a real laugh at our speculations.

    I could imagine him thinking, “ahh, if they really knew who I’m bringing in!”

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 25, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #27

    No surprise at Goofy leaving but I thought he’d keep Anita.


    May 25, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Good luck to Anita and Gouffran leave with their heads held high after last season but neither good enough moving forward


    May 25, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Will work permit not be an issues for this lad?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 25, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #30


    Why would it be, plenty of non EU players come into this country.


    May 25, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Thought South Americans normally had to have x number of caps?


    May 25, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Looking at it he’s been in Italy for 5/6 years so won’t be a problem. I assumed he’d not been there for too long

  • magspuggy

    May 25, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Capped in 30% of the last years internationals grants automatic permits

    Im sure we could still apply but unsure of what we would have to prove to get a permit if he hasnt met the 30% target.

    It has been done before man u springs to mind

  • lesh

    May 25, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #34


    You asked a good question about the need for a work permit. Does anyone know of his international history or whether he’s got dual, Brazilian/ EU nationality? Were he an EU citizen, that should overcome that hurdle.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Anita provides cover at RB and midfield. I hope we know what we’re doing. He’s also only 28. He played quite a few decent games for us. Gouffy is ready to go though.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Actually the Huddersfield tactics video was quite interesting. That Wagner seems a shrewd sort. The high line seems risky in the Prem though if they get there. They may have to change a few things to have any hope of surviving. And they have to hang on to there better players of course. The same goes for Brighton. I don’t think we will have much trouble hanging on to ours. Gayle is injury prone, Mitro and Perez are inconsistent, Shelvey has had his problems as well. Who does that leave? Clark? Ritchie will stay. So it’s more a case of who can we persuade to come in.


    May 25, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #37

    I know there is a big list of criteria but normally it’s the caps that gets players through (I think anyway). Its a lot more difficult without the international I think

    Given the time spent in Italy though is assume he can get Italian passport if needs be though so probably not an issue my bad

  • magspuggy

    May 25, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #38


    Brings up an interesting point .
    After brexit will we allowed to get permits for eu players ?

    As far as non eu permits go if the same rules carried over ( x amount of international games played) that would make a huge dent in the amount of players we could buy from overseas.

    Footballers pay a lot of taxes so it seems counterproductive not to allow them to play here.

  • toonincheek

    May 25, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #39

    If Brexit limited the signing of overseas players,
    then UK resident players would be at even more
    of a premium.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    May 25, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Ok any thoughts on my plan for Newcastle
    Players out
    De Jong

    Players in

    Ryan gauld
    Ruben semedo
    Gelson daly
    Justin klievert
    Danilo pereira
    Ousmane dembele
    Jay Rodriguez

    Squad would be
    Karl Darrow
    Matt sels

    Smalling ,pereira ,Clark , lacelles mbemba
    Glichy ,Lazar ,yedlin ousmane dembele
    Ruben semedo , gelson daly ,Ryan gauld
    Shelvey ,Hayden ,Richie , thauvin ,Aaron’s ,Rodriguez ,atsu ,Perez ,justin klivert ,Armstrong ,Gayle
    This squad Would secure you champions league
    26 man squad
    Maybe there could be few youngsters to add to the mix
    Maybe a great cf short
    i think this squad would be achievable


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