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.
What do you think?