Benitez Keen To Sign 28-Year-Old Algerian Winger- But He Could Cost £35M

Portuguese newspaper A Bola are reporting that Newcastle (Rafa Benitez) are interested in signing Porto’s French-born attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi.

He is of Algerian descent and plays for the Algerian National side.

The report is that Rafa Benitez wants the skillful player on Tyneside and they report he could be on his way to Newcastle this summer.

There are other reports in DZ Foot and Le Buteur that say that Rafa is about to make an offer for the player.

Brahimi was born in Paris and played for all the French Youth sides including 8 times for the U21 team, and he now has 39 caps for Algeria.

Yacine Brahimi – 39 caps for Algeria

In February of 2013 Brahimi had decided to switch his FIFA national allegiance to Algeria.

He made his debut a month later as a starter in the 3–1 win over Benin in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Brahimi is a technically gifted player who has class and seems exactly what we need in the Newcastle team.

With three different reports, we would assume Rafa is interested in the player – and the manager will want his targets brought in early this summer.

No mention of what the fee is for the 28-year-old.

But last summer Arsenal were leading the chase for the player, but the deal stalled because Porto wanted £35M for Brahimi and the Gunners balked at the price.

That’s about twice Newcastle’s record for a transfer fee when we paid Real Madrid £17M for striker Michael Owen back in 2005 – 13 years ago.

But that record will be broken this summer.

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8 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Nickt tour typing is ayrociuos

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    ytping even

  • Mag52

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    If he’s too expensive for the Arsenal…………….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I think it was you that suggested that Ashley had finally sussed it by hiring a manager like Rafa who could get a mid table finish from low investment. There’s just one big drawback.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    We may well break out transfer record this season, but the 17M spent on Owen is the equivalent of the 40 and 50M+ spent on PEA and Lacazette.

  • NUFC Portugal

    Apr 27, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Hello all!

    Being a newcastle fan from Portugal I may give you some insight about him.

    I am a fan of portugal biggest club in Portugal: Benfica by the way!

    He is a tremendous gifted player, possibly the best from Porto. However he is often acused of being individualist and not a loyal player! He wanted out since the first day!

    I really hope I am wrong, and if he does come to newcastle i hope he does well, but I dont know if you guys will like him! Newcastle fans are all about loyalty and love to the club, and I think you will not get it with him!

    Sorry for my english 😉

    Wish you all well!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah but Rafa won’t tolerate mid table, so that’s good for us too. We start from a position of relatively low wages, so we in reality have an advantage in terms of spending power this window. Really wiping your own nose is a responsible way to run things. You need the right manager though, tick, now he needs to go out and buy well. Rafa wanted an “overdraught” so he had a little more wriggle room. Not sure that is going to be such an issue this window.

  • 9

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Portugal@6 Thanks for the info. It sounds most unlike Rafa to go for that sort of personality. He certainly will cost a bundle wherever he goes.


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