Newcastle United have today been linked with a move for 27 year-old Benfica defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris.
The report is out of Portugal where the Record says that Newcastle are interested in the £20M rated midfielder, but we wonder if Newcastle rate this player at £20M?
However, we should also take this news with a pinch of salt, since the transfer news out of Portugal has not always been 100% reliable or accurate on Newcastle’s targets.
So what’s new?
Andreas Samaris – 27 year-old Benfica midfielder
The 28 times capped Greek International has been at Benfica for three seasons, since signing on for €10M (£8.7M) from Greek powerhouse Olympiacos in the summer of 2014 on a five year deal and with a €45M release clause in his contract.
In January, Sunderland were credited with an interest in the player, but who would join Sunderland in January when they were bottom of the league and have since been relegated in 20th place from the Premier League?
The correct answer – nobody.
Samaris appeared 33 times for the Portuguese Champions last season and in the three years he’s been at the Portuguese powerhouse he has made 110 total appearances, scored two goals and had seven assists.
He made his International debut for Greece back in October, 2013 in the final World Cup group qualifier against Liechtenstein and went on to represent Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Rafa could very well bring in two central midfield players this summer and Samaris could be one of them, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle are willing to pay the requested €20M for him.
What do you think?