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?