Surprise And Disappointment – Newcastle Miss Out On Top Transfer Target

You just cannot tell what’s going to happen in the transfer market and there’s news today that Newcastle’s top center-back target Ruben Semedo, who we were told Newcastle were very close to signing yesterday, will in fact move to Villarreal, with the transfer maybe being confirmed as early as today.

That’s what Semedo’s agent Catio Balde has said today on Portuguese station TSF Radio.


This is what his agent has said:

“We are on the verge of confirming the transfer of Ruben Semedo. It’s probably Spain. I confirm Spain,”

“We are looking forward to closing the deal today. We are working, and yesterday was intense.”

“We are absolutely certain that there will probably be a conclusion today. Ruben was faced with several possibilities.”

“It was in Spain that we found the best solution”  “Until this moment I cannot confirm conclusively. He’s in a good way.”

There was news earlier today that Sporting Lisbon wanted a 50% sell-on fee so we now don’t know whether there’s any truth in the report that was published by Portuguese outlet A Bola.

Rafa Benitez still wants two central-defenders brought in this summer and perhaps Rafa will turn to a Premier League center-back such as Hull’s Harry Maguire as one example.

This is a surprising turn of events and not good for Newcastle, but it Ruben wants to go to Villarreal so be it.

But you win some and you lose some – and now Rafa and Lee Charnley have to move on and we would be happy enough if we can sign an experienced Premier league defender and maybe Frenchman Florian Lejeune of Eibar.

What do you think about this turn of events?

Comments welcome.

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