We had put out an article yesterday based on a positive report from Portuguese outlet O Jogo that we thought Benfica midfielder could be the 6th signing through the door at Newcastle.
But Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette put out a tweet saying it was his understanding that Newcastle is no longer interested in the 28-year-old Greek International.
The Gazette reporter said that Mikel Merino was a cheaper (and younger) option than Samaris and we agree Mikel looks like an excellent buy for Newcastle for maybe just £6M next summer when his loan completes.
Rafa no longer interested in 28-year-old Andreas Samaris?
Here’s the tweet put out by Miles Starforth.
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) July 28, 2017
And in the Chronicle they are reporting that Rafa didn’t want to comment on the speculation in Portugal that a deal was almost agreed between Newcastle and Benfica for Samaris.
It could be he’s no longer a target but we hope Argentine playmaker Allan of Napoli is still on our radar screen.
This 26-year-old Brazilian playmaker would seem like a great buy for £10M and he would add creativity to the central midfield.
Both Merino and Samaris are holding midfield players although Merino can play center-back or left back so he seems more versatile than Samaris.
But Allan can play as a creative playmaker and could be brought in and offer something a lot different than what Merino offers in midfield.
So it still seems sensible to go after Allan because we need more creativity in the middle of the park rather than relying on Jonjo Shelvey all the time.
What do you think?