The Sun are now reporting that Newcastle will go back in with an improved offer for Ruben Semedo after our first offer was turned down.
That initial offer was said to be €12M (£10.4M) plus €3M (£2.6M) add-ons and was immediately turned down by the Lisbon club.
But Newcastle are going back in with an improved offer of around £15M (€17.25M) for the Portuguese U21 star defender – and that’s about a £2M increase from the first offer – an increase of around 15%.
23 year-old Ruben Semedo – Sporting center-back
Southampton have been following the young defender for some time now and Lee Charnley is working hard to try to get the young center-back to Newcastle as one of Rafa’s top transfer targets this summer.
Sporting are keen to do a deal for Semedo as they want to use the funds they get to bring in a couple of new players to the Lisbon club and it helps them that Newcastle pay their transfer fees in full in cash up front – none of this paying in yearly installments for our new players these days like most other Premier League clubs do.
If the Saints are interested you would expect them to start bidding soon but maybe because they know the Magpies are paying cash up front they think they cannot match the deal for Semedo that Sporting will get from Newcastle.
We hope that’s the case …..
The Southampton delay could also be caused by the uncertainty surrounding their manager Claude Puel and that’s another reason they are not bidding until they decide whether to keep Puel or bring in a new manager.
Either case is an advantage to Newcastle and any delay could cost the Saints the signing of Semedo.
This news about Newcastle bidding again is what you would expect after the first bid was immediately turned down.
What do you think?