Newcastle are still interested in signing 23 year-old Sporting Lisbon center-back Ruben Semedo, who has a €45M release clause in his contract.
There’s no way Newcastle would pay that fee for the Portuguese U21 International and there’s some news today in the Portuguese press on just how much Sporting want for their star center-back.
23 year-old Sporting Lisbon center-back Ruben Semedo
Lisbon newspaper O Jogo are reporting that Sporting seem willing to sell Semedo this summer so they can use the funds to bring in at least a couple of new players to the club this summer.
O Jogo are reporting they think a fee of €20M for Semedo would be acceptable – that’s about £17.4M in today’s exchange rate and that’s not exactly cheap.
Sporting would like to sell Semedo quickly, so they have time to get in their new players and if Newcastle are willing to pay that fee they could even become favorites to sign the player with the Tyneside club paying for their transfers up front in cash.
Lille are said to be in the lead for the player at the moment, but if Rafa Benitez really wants the 23 year-old it’s doubtful that Lille could match the money Newcastle would be willing to pay up front for Ruben.
The next step for Newcastle seems to be to agree on an initial fee and put in a bid to Sporting for the 23 year-old and then take it from there.
With paying cash up front Newcastle may even be able to get a better deal on the young center-back.
What do you think?