Newcastle Now Face Significant Competition For Brazilian Winger


There was a report earlier this week in Sports Witness that we covered,  that said Newcastle were interested in signing 25 year old Brazilian right winger Jonathan Cafu who plays for Ludogorets in the Bulgarian First Division.

The news today in L’Equipe is that say Rennes are also now interested in the player who they say would cost only €8M (£7M) although earlier reports were that the Bulgarian club wanted €12M (£10.6M) for him, which is the amount in his release clause.

25 year old Brazilian right winger Jonathan Cafu

We were said to be interested in this player back in January and he impressed in the Champions League last term.

Cafu scored 14 goals and 11 assists in 45 total appearances last season for Ludogorets.

So it’s not too surprising that Newcastle may be interested in signing this player, although he would still be a risk.

In two seasons at Ludogorets Razgrad, Cafu has played 70 times with 22 goals and 14 assists.

The 25-year-old wants a move to the English Premier League although now Rennes have come in for him.

The news is that Brighton & Hove Albion are also interested in signing the player.

The Brazilian has a release clause of €12M in his contract and Ludogorets are reported to be holding out for that figure, although whether any club will offer that fee is questionable.

The news earlier this week was that a number Premier League clubs are also interested in the player and include West Ham, Everton and Leicester.

It’s not really clear who Newcastle’s targets are this summer (it never is), and it could be that Jonathan Cafu is one deal we are working on in the background.

We need at least five additional first team players signed this summer, although we still have plenty of time to do that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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126 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Oof that’s a lot of money even for Lukaku

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Does that mean our Morata deal is now back on?

    🙂

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Re-post as it seems I was typing it out as this post was put up.

    I’m impressed with Arsenal managing to get Lacazette, class player IMO

    And I’m surprised with how much Everton are getting done, can’t say I wouldn’t like that here, but just gonna wait it out.

    Has there been any update with out link to Boudebouz? Or was it just more paper talk

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    75M for Lukaku to Man U 😮 😮 😮

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  • expatmag

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    MAGSCAR

    Ahhh……the pink .. .loved it…..the anticilation jf reading the natch reports.

    I used to get it posted out to me in Oz for years.

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  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Now Cafu’s a non-starter. Did we ever bid for him and the others that we’ve been linked with?

    TalkSport’s started takin the piss at the news that the singing corner’s getting more spin than new signings.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    You’d think Everton will be able to simply replace him with Rooney now. Nearing the end of his career, so the fee should not be high, therefore they can use the cash to cover his massive wage.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    MARK

    Another one for Moaninho to fcuk up, no doubt

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  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Is it Cafu or Snafu?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    expat

    I think Mourinho will get it right this year at Man U. Look out everyone else if he does. He has his critics, and he definitely overstepped the mark a couple of times these last few years, but the bloke has won 2 champions leagues with unfancied teams (porto and inter). He is a very good manger, and is USUALLY just taking the p1ss out of the media with his comments and antics. Thats why they don’t like him. They bite every single time

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Funny, Jose couldn’t get Lakaku out of Chelsea quick enough when he was their manager.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    He has taken a few things too far like I say. The chelsea doctor for one.

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  • magscar

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Expat

    Remember hanglng around Fenwick’s after match until around 5:30 to read full report of the match I had just watched when The Pink arrived! Oh and catch up on other results and table – no phones or as many radios in those simple times. Currys /Dixon’s windows were also places to be around 4:45 for teleprinter if in town being dragged around shopping 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    I remember getting the Pink posted to me in the 77/78 season. Depressing reading!

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  • expatmag

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    MARK

    How can he fail with the resources and money given to him?……but fail he will because his star us on the downward spiral

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    It makes sense for Jose to get lukaku now, he wanted him to get the experience when at Chelsea and the player wanted to play weekly. Now he’s getting a better player than the one he used to have.

    Everton don’t need Rooney, they already have the bargain of the summer in Sandro Ramirez

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    magscar
    Football Pink – loved it gave a full match analysis front page and middle page all the moves and build up to goals not like the shite we get today…
    …all game Mourinho moaned on about the crowd the referee and how he had not won at St James’ Park
    twenty paras on the Mourinho rant
    last para ..oh Newcastle United won 2-0 scores were blah de blah

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  • magscar

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Everton are presumably relying on some big funds from Lukaku etc sales. Nevertheless being one of 7 currently chasing that top 4 a big gamble. I don’t think they will manage it but they won’t do a Leeds in these cash rich days but may end up taking a backward step or 2 . It is where we would like to be for sure and are hopefully looking ahead to that possibility in future years.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Expat

    Mourinho has just won 2 cups in his first year, including the notoriously tough Europa league. Can’t remember the last time an English side won that competition. His star is hardly on a downward spiral, he won more than silverware than conte, Wenger, Pep, and Klopp last season

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    expat

    Maybe it is. Maybe it’s not. I think we will find out this season. If he relies on big-club resources, then possibly he will fail. If he goes back to relying on his old management style then everyone else is in trouble.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Mourinhos star on a downward spiral after winning two cups in his first season and qualifying for the CL. Wow!

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  • kc2012

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Mourinhos problem is his oversized ego. He falls out with players who steal the limelight from him (like Ronaldo) because he thinks hes bigger than the club. Man United shouldve challenged for a title last season with that squad but werent even close and never sat in the top 4. Lukaku is a top signing though, proven in the prem and considering players like Kylian Mbappe are valued at £120m, £75m is very good business for them….But we have Emmanuelle Riviere aka the goal machine

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    ok, off to a meeting for a couple of hours 🙁 ….. however, lunch is provided 🙂

    Been a good morning of swapping opinions, Expat. Cheers.

    Later people.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    With Everton spending so much we’re beginning to see why they think they can get £20 million for McCarthy. I would offer them £15million take it of leave it. Think in today’s market he’s probably worth that much and would work well alongside Shelvey. Would rather Huddlestone though, think Shelvey and Hudds would make a lethal combination in the middle of the park.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    kc,
    Van Gaal was another “elite” manager who done relatively nothing there either. Difficult to blame a manager on the effect of Fergie leaving. They should have replaced him with a top manager instead of that dour Scots man who’s star really has crashed and burned and might never recover.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    It is understood that United have held talks over a central midfielder currently contracted to one of La Liga’s top sides in the last week.

    Benitez hopes to bring in a playmaker and a wide man to go with Lejeune while full-back cover and forward options are also high on his list of priorities.

    (Chronicle)

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has called Arlene Foster “the most expensive Right-winger since Cristiano Ronaldo”.

    Sorry, politics, sort of.

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Norwich inquired about Darryl Murphy.

    Rafa wants £3 mil apparently

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Hola Rafa (we know you read this blog..) someone mentioned Alex Song earlier. He’s in Russia, please go and buy the lad and rescue him. Thank you.

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  • giimps

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    I wouldnt say Moyes failed at Scumberland, he did exactly what everyone was predicting and I was hoping for, is that failure?

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  • kc2012

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Jail

    Van Gaal finished higher than Mourinho in both his seasons though and didnt spend £93m on one player for a 6th placed finish and actually won an FA Cup. Every single United ‘fan’ I know said he wasnt the right man for the job until they won the Europa league (that massive competition they laughed at us for being in the other season). He’s a good manager obviously and winning the Europa was very good but underperormed hugely in the Prem last season following on from his disaster of a last season at Chelsea. He left Chelsea near the bottom of the league and a year later they win the Prem with nearly the same squad. Id rather have big Rafa anyday

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  • martoon

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Wayayman – Surely Alex Song will be about 30 now and probably past his best which is probably why he plays in Russia!

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Yes I loved the pink as well – I live in Whitley Bay and waited in a que outside the newsagents on Saturday evenings until the delivery van arrived. I kept the very last edition of The Pink, it’s in my wardrobe, I recall that Newcastle won away to West Ham. HWTL

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  • Jib - Jazzy's xenophobic mardy bitch

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    Ron
    We have been linked with Italy’s answer to Arjen Robben – Alessio Cerci (currently at Atletico Madrid )

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #35

    KC

    I can’t think of to many teams doing well in the league whilst in Europa league. Man Utd played almost 25 plus games in 3 months. That’s more than half a season in such a short space of time.

    As a class manager he made a decision as to what was important, finishing 4th and getting into CL or winning 2 cups and getting into CL. His decision was a no brainer. Man Utd weren’t expected to win the league, he spent alot of money on pogba but the signing of Ibrahimovic on free was arguably the best signing or 2nd to Kante.

    What pogba gives them is years of service in which he’ll only get better

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world man give over. Man Utd were brilliant last season just drew too often

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Jib

    Any price quoted for him?

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  • kc2012

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Wayayman

    I mentioned Song earlier as in we could do with a similar type of player to him in his Arsenal days, not necessarily the guy himself. He did well at West Ham too but probably not the same player he was now.

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  • john tudor

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Gott in himmel

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    Wie bitte?

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