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Portsmouth and Newcastle After Marcelo Mattos?



Sky Sports is reporting that Marcelo Mattos says he is unaware of reported interest in him from Portsmouth Football Club and two other Premier League clubs.

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Marcelo Mattos – 24 year-old Brazilian midfielder

But the 24-year-old’s agent Pini Zahavi has now confirmed the Fratton Park interest – and that there are two other Premier League clubs interested in the player.

Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Wigan are understood to be keeping close tabs on the player, and we expect the other two clubs are any two out of these three.

Apparently all 3 Premier clubs have already bid for the player, who will become a European citizen at the end of this month, when he collects his Italian passport.

Mattos looked good last season at Panathinaikos, according to the Brazilian midfielder’s agent. (surprise, surprise).

Pini Zahavi told Greek newspaper Goal:

“At this moment we are considering offers from English clubs, one is from Portsmouth and there are two more.”

“But it is possible for Mattos to stay at Panathinaikos, the player is very happy with the working conditions there and he loves the fans.”

“He is also very satisfied with the attitude of the people at the club, we will have to wait a few weeks as the transfer market does not officially open until July.”

We have had dealings before with football agent Zahavi, and of course all agents try to drum up interest in their players, so it’s hard to believe everything they say.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp went after the 24-year-old last month when he learned there is a release clause in Mattos’ contract of £5.9M.

This means the Greek club must agree to any offer the receive for the player, that is equal to or greater than that.

Mattos says he knows absolutely nothing of Portsmouth’s interest as he told Greece’s SportDay:

“I don’t know anything about Portsmouth,”

“At this moment I play for Panathinaikos and that is the only club on my mind.”

“About the Premier League, I can say that it is the best championship in the world and every player wishes to play there some day.”

“All the best players in the world play there.”

Mattos played for Corinthians in Brazil from 2004 until last year, when he signed for Panathinaikos. He played 134 times for the Brazilian club and scored 17 goals.

He has so far played 32 times for the Greek club scoring 3 goals, but the 6ft tall midfielder has never been capped by Brazil.

While at Corinthians, Marcelo established himself in the team and excelled alongside Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, and they were dubbed the team of the year after the trio won the Championship.

Of course since then Tevez has moved to Manchester United and Mascherano to Liverpool, and both have played extremely well in the Premiership, after initially joining West Ham United a couple of years ago.

It may well be speculation that Newcastle are interested in this defensive midfield player, but we’ll keep reporting on these possibilities, and some of these may actually have solid bids behind them.

We are bound to be falsely linked with many players this summer (what’s new?), but as we report these stories we’ll try to say how truthful they look to be – well as best as we can.

At least we’ll know a lot more about all the players we are linked with during the summer, if nothing else.

Comments welcome.


115 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #81

    moutinho most impressed me again the other night, but i think one of the most impressive has been fritz of germany, was outstanding last nigh. and every player from holland impressed me

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #82

    i agree germany arnt really tht good but they are always there or thereabouts at the end of the day, spain and portugal can never go the distance and this will be no diffrent here

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #83

    Ye whatever, portugal are going to win it. spain are crap, germany are crap, italy, france all crap.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #84

    Do you know anything, Portugal have overachieved if anything in the last few major tournaments! Spain are never anywhere!

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  • Ross

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #85

    aye but thats only because portugal and holland have won their games, and we’re only the third day into the tournament.
    no one can say who has looked most impressive until every team has played, i still think spain will be canny.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #86

    Greece were crap last time, weren’t they?..
    …& Denmark weren’t even in it the time they won it?..Go figure?..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #87

    Greece werent crap because they played well at the tournament, they were crap before it.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #88

    do u know anything, i said portugal can never go the distance and they never hav, u cant argue with facts dick head

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #89

    Have you looked at Germany’s EURO record, then state what you said as a fact, ‘dick head’.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #90

    LOL this pathetic, drop the ‘dick head’ quote, and let everyone have their own opinion.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #91

    FACT- portugal never go the distance in major tournaments, and yes i have looked at germany’s record, theyve won it 3 times you f**kin idiot!!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #92

    fact- portugal never go the distance in major tournemants, and yes i have looked at germany’s record, theyv won it 3 times, so along with their 3 world cups theyv won 6 major tournemants to portugals 0, so yes germany are always thereabouts and portugal usually arent

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #93

    There is a first for everything isnt there?

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #94

    Romania will never make it out of that group, neither will France. Italy and Holland to go through.

    Spain are always cack but let’s say what can they do against Hiddink. They’ll make it out but wont win it. Sweden is a nother team to be reckoned with.

    Germans are always cack but somehow they always make it far.

    I’m with Tom_Toon on this, Portugal – Holland in the final, the only two teams to be up to Euro-standards. Germany and Sweden to drop out in the semis.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #95

    Thats like comparing Uruguay in the world cups, 2 worlds cups 80 years ago.

    Germany last won the euro 12 year ago, none of the layers then play now.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #96

    ToonKing – Goian looked pretty good tonight, what di you think.

    Tmas didnt have the best of games though.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #97

    i didnt say germany wud win it did i, i said they will be thereabouts, and i said tht portugal always fall short which they do, thy mite not be the best footballin team but germany are as effective as anyone at major tournemants, they always do well and nobody can argue with tht

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  • tommyy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #98

    I can argue, but i won’t 😛

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #99

    goian would be very good, is always very good

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #100

    as i said before i don’t like Goian, good in the air, but prone to howlers on the ground. can’t tackle at all, he had like 3-4 yellow card tackles today.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #101

    Geordie Nick – They didnt get out of the group in the past 2 euros.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #102

    how can ppl sit here and say tht it will be portugal or holland because they have been most impressive! some teams aint even played yet ffs and one game means nothing, and if tht was the way it went then holland wud destroy portugal in final as they were far more impressive

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #103

    tom toon- they still hav a better record than portugal tho, we will just hav to wait and see then wont we!!!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #104

    Yea, Greece played outta their skins & deserved their win!..But, you know what i mean , they are very unfashionable, let’s say(i.e. unexpected)…
    …& the danes played brilliant when they won it!..
    …portugal can win it for all i care, so long as ronaldo gets a broken neck!..Ha!..
    …aragones is scum, pity, i like spain, but i suspect he’s gonna pick the wrong team, we’ll see!..I’d like to see russia kick some butt like!..
    …I just hope it’s not the usual suspects!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #105

    Anyway, tonight was the 1st proper game as far as i’m concerned!..

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #106

    punk skunk- without a doubt, put £50 on holland to win it last week, just hopin thy haven peeked too early

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #107

    Gan on Nick!..Hope that works out for ya’ bro’!..
    …They made italy look ragged, didn’t they?..
    …What odds did ya’ get?..

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #108

    got 9/1, but thy down to 5/1 now so glad i got it on b4 todays match

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #109

    That’s a nice return if it comes up man!..
    …I wonder what spain/russia are gonna be like?..
    …It’s getting interestin’ at last!..

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  • Daniel

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #110

    Nowt to do with the toon in this post, but my money is on Russia. Fancy them to suprise a few people this tournament and sneak it. Having said that, I fancied the Czech Republic at WC06 and I was 300 quid lighter after the groups…

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  • Soren

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #111

    Austria will surprise all of you!!!! and win euro 08

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  • xfer

    Jun 10, 2008 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #112

    Any one else feels we need a forum here? This is a wonderful site for the Magpie fans, just lacking a forum where we can chill around.

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  • Ian

    Jun 10, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #113

    Not enough goals for us, defensive or not.

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  • Obafan

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #114

    I’m really looking forward to watch Greece and Russia tonight. They can both go far in this tournament. Come on Guus and Otto 😉 !

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  • niko

    Jun 11, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #115

    mattos is a player for years to come.he has been capped by all non senior brazilian teams and i bet if he signs for newcastle,dunga could give him a chance.ive been watching him play for my team panathinaikos and i need to say he’s one of the best DMs that have ever come to play in greece.i hope he stays here though,he’ll be a perfect duo with my team’s possible transfer,pablo aimar…

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