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.