News today that Newcastle are busy in the transfer market and have had a loan bid for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia £turned down.
That’s according to outlet Le10Sport and much like Kenedy, they want a season-long loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
We were also reported in the French press to have bid for this player last month.
Maia only joined Lille last year in what was thought to be a €14M (£12.4M) deal from Santos.
We have already been linked a few times with the 21-year-old Brazilian holding midfielder but now we are seeing Newcastle make real attempts to get the players in that Rafa wants in the squad.
21-year-old Thiago Maia in action for Santos – 2017
Lille are in some financial trouble at the moment so they could be interested in letting Maia leave but on a permanent deal and he’s priced at something above £12M.
So it seems we are trying to do quite a few loan deals which doesn’t say that Rafa has too much money to spend this summer.
But this may also be part of a grand plan to bid cash up front for one or two top players in the near future.
Maia is a very good young player who had an excellent first season in France last year.
He played in Brazil’s 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning squad along with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.
It’s another sign that Rafa wants to strengthen his central midfield with Ki Yeung-sung already signed on a free transfer from Swansea.
If Rafa does bring in more central midfielder it could be that Isaac Hayden is loaned out or even sold before August 9 because he will probably see little playing time next season if these targets are brought in.
Maia is a very good player but why can’t we try to get him in permanently?