There was news only yesterday that Newcastle were unwilling to pay the £17M Benfica wanted for their 28 year-old central midfielder Andreas Samaris, so we thought that was it on Samaris and Newcastle would move to another one of their targets in central midfield.
But Portuguese outlet O Jogo are reporting the two clubs are still trying to negotiate a deal for Samaris and say Newcastle have offered €15M (around £13M) for the 28 times capped Greek International with Benfica turning down the offer.
They report that Benfica still want the full €20M for their players – which is around the £17M that was quoted yesterday.
28 year-old Benfica central midfielder Andreas Samaris
It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what the truth is when you read some of the these reports and this is a good case in point.
It’s simply not clear if Newcastle are still interested in the player, especially when much cheaper alternatives such as 29 year-old Fernando from Manchester City are available for around £5M and the Brazilian has Premier League experience too.
O Jogo go on to say the current situation could be resolved in a matter of days and certainly Rafa Benitez and Newcastle fans would like that – one way or the other.
With some of these deals we should probably either do it and pay the money or end the negotiations and look at some of our other targets – since we seem to have lots of targets lined up due to Rafa doing his homework thoroughly.
We already have an article out saying the coming week is going to be fairly crucial for Newcastle to bring in some new faces and have a breakthrough in the transfer market before next Monday when preseason training starts.
We are still confident that can happen, but we’d be very surprised if one of the players coming through the door is Andrea Samaris.
But you never can tell.
What do you think?