News from Portugal today that Newcastle United’s initial €12M bid (£10.4M) with €3M in potential add-ons for Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo has been turned down by Sporting Lisbon.
But reports out of Portugal by both A Bola and Record say that Newcastle officials are on their way to Lisbon to try to tie up a deal, although it seems like no agreement has yet been reached on the fee.
There’s a tweet been sent out by Jan Hagen, who follows Portuguese football and is an economics student (?) reports via his Twitter account that a deal has been reached with Newcastle on 80% of the economic rights of the player, but that has been completely denied by his agent.
Here’s that tweet.
O Jogo report this evening that Sporting have accepted a €14m offer (for 80% of the economic rights) from Newcastle on defender Rúben Semedo. pic.twitter.com/Uv05RJQwau
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 1, 2017
But Semedo’s agent, Catio Balde has quickly and even angrily reacted to that news as he had this to say to Desporto ao Minuto when asked if Semedo was indeed on his way to Newcastle:
“Totally false. It’s a lie. This is not true at all.” “It has no real background.” “It’s all a lie.”
“Ruben is with the national team and it is all a lie.” “There is nothing.”
Semedo has been included in the Portugal Under-21 squad for this summer’s U-21 European Championship, but Newcastle seem to want to get this deal tied up before that tournament begins.
The tournament will take place in Poland from 16 to 30 June this summer.
We’re pretty sure no fee has been agreed yet, but Sporting Lisbon were reportedly in touch with Newcastle earlier today to make clear the terms of sale to the Premier League side.
So if Newcastle officials are indeed on their way to Lisbon it does suggest we think we can close the deal.
But it will need a higher fee than €12M to get this player who Rafa seems to really rate.
Southampton have also been interested in the player and will no doubt have been alerted to the news that Newcastle officials are on their way to Lisbon and they are reported to be willing to pay the full €20M (£17.4M) asking price for Semedo.
What we must remember is in these transfers Newcastle pay the agreed to fee up front in cool cash and that’s a huge advantage for us.
As an example when we received £30M for Moussa Sissoko last summer that would be £6M in year for each of the next five years.
So if you had a club offering say £25M up front or even £20M up front for Sissoko last summer it’s tempting to go for the cash.
Sporting have already said they want to use the cash from the Semedo sale to bring in more players, so the advantage seems to be with Newcastle unless the Saints can pay their fee in full and up front, which is probably doubtful.