Newcastle were heavily linked with 28-year-old Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris in the summer, but it seems his price of £17.5M was too much for Newcastle.
It’s understood that Rafa rates the player and we watched him about a month ago playing for Benfica and he looked a good player and could help us in central midfield.
There’s report in Portuguese outlet O Jogo that Rafa is still interested in the midfielder and could make a move for him in January.
Obviously, we cannot afford the fee at the moment with strikers the primary requirement in January.
But Rafa may have to try to get Samaris in on a loan deal in January with an option to buy in the summer.
Andrea Samaris – strong central midfielder
But it’s not clear if Benfica would be willing to do that.
6ft 2ins tall Samaris is keen to move to the Premier League, and since he has played only 7 times with one goal for the Portuguese giants this season, it would appear he would be keen on a loan deal.
Samaris can play as a holding midfielder or as an attacking midfielder so he is quite versatile in central midfield and one of his strengths is his passing ability
With nothing much happening with the Amanda Staveley potential takeover of Newcastle it appears that Rafa may have to rely on some money coming from current owner Mike Ashley.
That’s hardly a good prospect and not a good position to be in.
And we fully expect Rafa to keep sending messages in his press conferences aimed at Ashley that investment is needed in January.
After all, Rafa is only trying to protect Ashley’s investment.