We had suggested a couple of days ago that 28-year-old Andreas Samaris of Benfica, who we have been linked with for almost two months this summer may not now be a top target for Newcastle.
We said that because right out of the blue we are signing 21-year-old Mikel Merino of Borussia Dortmund, who also plays as a holding midfielder.
That signing should be announced today, and it’s a season long loan deal with the Mail reporting Newcastle have an obligation to buy him (we must buy him) next summer for £6M.
The news a couple of days ago in Portuguese outlet O Jogo was that Argentine U20 central midfielder Santiago Ascacibar from Estudiantes de La Plata would be arriving soon at the Benfica club and when that happens Andreas Samaris can be sold.
Benfica’s 28-year-old holding midfielder Andreas Samaris
Newcastle has already bid €15M for the player according to O Jogo but Benfica was holding out for €20M (£17.8M), and it could now be that Newcastle can get their man for that €15M – around €13.4M.
However, there was more news in O Jogo yesterday that terms have already been agreed with Samaris and he will be getting a bumper pay rise to sign for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
O Jogo is reporting that he gets €900K a year at Benfica at the moment and Newcastle has offered him a huge €2.5M/year wages after taxes to make the switch to the Premier League and Newcastle.
€2.5M tax-free is about £2.23M at today’s exchange rate.
Only Everton have been interested in Samaris in the past, but it seems like their interest has waned over the last several weeks.
We thought we could have too many holding midfielders if we signed Samaris especially when we are also linked with 26-year-old central midfielder Allan of Napoli who can play as a holding midfielder or as a playmaker.
But if we do get Samaris through the door then it’s almost sure that Jack Colback will be sold, and he’s English and has played about 200 PL games for Sunderland and Newcastle United combined.
We could perhaps get well north of £5M for him at today’s crazy transfer prices.
Samaris has 28 caps and one goal for Greece, but he didn’t get the playing time he wanted last season with the Portuguese powerhouse appearing only 32 times, but a lot of those were late sub appearances.
What do you think?
Note – after we sent out this article looks like Shields Gazette’s reporter Miles Starworth doesn’t think Andreas Samris is coming to Newcastle – we seem to have got a better deal for Mikel Merino – interesting.
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) July 28, 2017