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Rafa Ready To Spring A Surprise And Sign This Holding Midfielder

There’s a report in the Sun that Rafa Benitez could move in and get a good deal from Manchester City by signing  their 29 year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando, who is possibly available this summer for a low £5M.

It’s not the first time we have been linked with the player this summer and we know Rafa will bring in a holding midfielder this summer – the question is which player will it be?

Newcastle have recently been linked with two holding midfielders, one is out-of-favor 28 year-old Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons and we have also been strongly linked 25 year-old Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, who is rated at £8M.

29 year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando

The report in the Sun is that Newcastle are favourites to sign Fernando, with Southampton and Bournemouth the other two Premier League clubs interested in the player.

What make Fernando attractive is first of all he’s a good player, but he also has good experience in the Premier League and has played 63 times in the league since moving to England from Porto in the summer of 2014 for £12M.

Fernando does not seem to have a future at City after the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but he still played 27 times in all competitions for City last season, including 15 appearances in the Premier League.

The good news is that the Brazilian is reported to be keen on a move to Newcastle, after holding talks with the club and with manager Benitez.

Manchester City want £8M for him, but with the player having just one year left on his contract Rafa Benitez is reported to be confident he can get the Brazilian in for around £5M and that would be a good deal for a player who turns  30 next month.

When we checked on the length of his contract, some outlets are saying his contract still had two years to run.

The Brazilian is also anxious to stay in England and at Newcastle he would have a great challenge to prove himself and be part of Rafa’s revolution and help Newcastle become a powerhouse in European football.

That’s what Rafa Benitez wants to do and the reason he stayed on Tyneside, even though we were relegated last year.

For £5M we’d be very very happy if Fernando signs on at Newcastle – we always thought he was a class player at City.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1


    Make this one your first post Carr signing Rafa.

  • martoon

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    He would be decent – but like all Man City players I could see wages being a problem.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Decent and cheap. Sounds like Mike Ashley’s perfect signing

  • Spoof

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    How would that impact on Hayden, granted Issac is unproven at PL level but I do believe he deserves a chance to prove himself at PL level.

  • Rafabomb

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Decent player, deffo upgrade on jc…. as much as pardew did our heads in, i think ive only ever really heard him say good/positive things about us since he left

  • Colombus

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Actually would prefer Delph
    If we absolutely need to buy from City… we desperately need more energy in the middle of the park. A dynamic midfielder who can cover large areas. Especially if we are gonna play Shelvey as a starter, and everything points to that. Personally I would prefer Lewis Baker as I feel we need hungry players

  • Phil K

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    29 year old ? Slowing down, back end of career, we’ve had too many of his kind before. ALWAYS an expensive disaster. Delph is a far better choice and I’m not totally convinced there either

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Plenty legs left in him. He would be a great signing.

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    If we could get him for £5M that would be a cracking signing. Even if we have to meet Citeh half way and pay £6.5M he would still be a bargain. As far as Hayden goes, he could learn a fair bit from Fernando so that would be another bonus IF we get him. Where Delph is concerned, I’ve never been that impressed with him plus he seems to pick up niggling injuries quite often and, from what I understand, Citeh value him at around the £10M mark which I think is a bit overpriced imo.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Fernando for £5m now thats a surprise! Good signing imo. But sick of the rumours, get them signed already Rafa!


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