This could be very good news for Newcastle with le10sport reporting in France that Newcastle are very close to getting a loan deal agreed to bring Thiago Maia to Tyneside for next season.
He has been a target of Rafa’s all summer and he only joined Lille last summer from Santos for around £11M and played really well for them in his first season playing in Europe.
He played 37 games in the holding midfield position for Lille last season with a single goal and is simply a fabulous young player.
As usual, Rafa will want an option to buy in the loan contract and that could be tricky to fix the amount because the 21-year-old has loads of potential.
Thiago Maia – while at Santos
This would be the player presumably to replace Isaac Hayden who may now get his wish to move south to be closer to his girlfriend and new baby – the news on that is that Brighton are interested in signing him at around £10M.
le10sport say the option to buy will be set at a massive €25M which Newcastle could execute next summer.
Maia started his career with Sao Caetano in Brazil and moved to Santos back in 2011.
He has played for the Brazilian U17, U20 and U23 sides and is very highly regarded in his homeland.
So we could soon have two top young Brazilians playing for Newcastle – Kenedy, and Maia – if this report from France is true.