Newcastle To Move Quickly To Sign This Center-Back Target

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?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    So I guess this is the Sporting transfer we were always after and the Carvalho was all paper bs. I prefer the Carvalho stoey as the club and its fans can’t wait to get rid of Semedo. Don’t know what to think of this.

  • toontaff2

    May 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Valencia have the option to buy Mangala for 15 million, after his loan ends.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Exciting times but I think I will believe links like this when they are wearing the shirt.

    On another note…conte actually said his side did really well to win league and reach the FA cup final without a big squad….Wtf ….not a very big squad
    ….really.. I like the guy but that’s embarrassing. They have about 4 squads on their books.

  • toontaff2

    May 28, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne beat me to it!!
    Tom Lawrence and Dummett on the left – a full on Welsh wing!

  • Ron Knee

    May 28, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5


    With two Allmans gone this year (Gregg and Butch Trucks), only Dickey Betts and Jaimoe Johanson are still alive!

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Jp that sounds very plausible.
    Has anyone watched this lad a lot? Any good?

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 28, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7


    I think he’s made himself look a bit silly there hasn’t he. Surely his comment was tongue in cheek?! They are notorious for having about 50 or 60 players loaned out every season and have barely changed their starting 11 all season.

    Maybe that means he doesn’t rate the likes of Solanke enough?

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 28, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyway here’s the linked list. I’ve had a busy few days enjoying the sun so there could well be one or two missing at this point, I’m sure someone (jib) will keep me right 😉

    Ionut Radu – tuttomercatoweb
    Jordan Pickford – The Sun
    Tom Heaton – The Sun
    Orestis Karnezis – Tuttoudinese

    Callum chambers – The Mirror
    Harry Maguire – The Chronicle
    Kevin Malcuit – France Football
    Gregory Van Der Wiel – HITC
    Ryan Shawcross – The Independent
    Carl Jenkinson – The Chronicle
    Josef Yarney – HITC
    Ben Gibson – The Guardian
    Davide Santon – Tuttomercatoweb
    Jozo Simunovic – The Daily Mail
    Luca Caldirola – Sky Sports
    Mikael Nade – France Football
    Kieran Tierney – The Daily Star
    Brian Oviedo – Diez (HITC)
    Abdul Baba Rahman – The Mirror
    Eliaquim Mangala – The Daily Mail
    Peter Ankersen – InsideFutbol
    Ruben Semedo – A Bola
    Wes Morgan – The Sun on Sunday
    Nathan Ake – The Chronicle
    Kieran Gibbs – The Sun on Sunday
    Phil Barnsley – The Daily Mail
    Efe Ambrose – The Scottish Sun
    Andrew Robertson – Graeme Bailey
    Jeison Murillo – Gazzette dello sport

    Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Sun
    William carvalho – A Bola
    Sam Clucas – The Guardian
    Fabian Delph – The Guardian
    Aaron Ramsey – HITC
    Jean Michael Seri – HITC
    James McCarthy – Telegraph
    Tom Cairney – Telegraph
    Oghenekaro Etebo – OwnGoalNigeria (HITC)
    Yaya Toure – The Sun
    Fernando – The Daily Mail
    Gabriel Pires – Marca
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The Chronicle
    Ryan Boudedouz – Talksport
    Aaron Mooy – SBS The World Game
    Mehdi Abeid – L’Equipe

    Marcus Coco – Sun on Sunday
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Croydon Advertiser
    Bright Osayi-Samuel – HITC
    Frank Acheampong – HITC
    Moussa Sissoko – CalcioMercato
    Jay Rodriguez – The Chronicle
    Christian Atsu – Sky Sports
    Tom Ince – The Mirror
    Oghenekaro Etebo – A Bola
    Nicolas Pepe – L’Equipe
    Yann Karamoh – L’Equipe
    Andros Townsend – The Chronicle
    Clinton Mata – Foot Mercato
    Dion Pereira – Evening Standard
    Tom Lawrence – The Chronicle
    Seyi Ojo – The Chronicle

    Willian Jose – Daily Star
    George Thomas – The Independent
    Andre Gray – The Chronicle
    Jamie Vardy – Ladbrokes News
    Jermaine Defoe – The Sun
    Tammy Abraham – Ladbrokes News
    Jay Rodriguez – Daily Mail
    Daniel Sturridge – The Guardian
    Jonathan Walters – The Telegraph
    Sandro Ramirez – SPORT
    Kasper Dollberg – HITC
    Arnel Jakupovic – The Daily Star
    Chris Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post
    Josh King – Northern Echo
    Mattia Destro – Football Italia
    Kelechi Ihenacho – The Chronicle
    Henry Onyekuru – Le Soir
    Ashley Barnes – ESPN
    Michy Batshuayi – HLN

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #9

    OneAlanShearer- No idea how good he is but apparently Sporting fans don’t want him as they made a banner saying goodbye to him sarcastically and that’s never a good sign. I’ve seen a couple of youtube clips of him but it’s always hatd to tell if he’s good enough that way. In those videos they even make Titus Bramble look worldclass. Much easier to see if he were an attacker and is good via youtube.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    He looks like he can tackle and he’s strong from youtube but that doesn’t show of he lacks concentration. Also the runs out from defense remind me of Mbemba I want a solid big quick centre back who is a vocal experienced leader. As you say hard to tell from youtube and a bad sign they don’t want him. Although sometimes if players want to leave that can upset fans without him being a bad player.

    In rafa I trust

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Lewspi – he looked serious. However he could mean exactly that. Only so many if them that he trusts.

  • Expat MAG

    May 28, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t think it will happen, but quite fancy McGuire or Shawcross

  • switch365

    May 28, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Quite surprised there’s been no mention of either Willems or Rudiger yet.
    Though our defence is far better than That with Colo and Willo, we desperately need to sign 1 if not 2 left backs.
    Dummy to Leeds would be a good deal for both clubs.

    LewSpi you can add Pepe Reina through HITC to that list.


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