Newcastle are now being linked with Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) winger Jonathan Cafu this summer.
According to the Sports Witness outlet Newcastle want to sign the 25 year-old Brazilian right winger, but we don’t know how accurate the report is.
Certainly it looks like Newcastle are close to signing 26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune from Eibar, who has now passed his medical and an announcement is imminent on the Newcastle web-site and that will be a breakthrough for the club.
25 year-old Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu
Cafu had a very good season last term in Bulgaria scoring 14 goals and 11 assists in 45 total appearances and we suppose Rafa has been alerted to this player by some of his contacts in Europe.
If Newcastle are indeed interested and we make a bid for him, it’s likely the deal would go through, but he would be a risk because he’s untested at the highest level.
In two seasons at Ludogorets Razgrad Cafu’s played 70 times with 22 goals and 14 assists.
The 25-year-old wants a move to the English Premier League (who doesn’t these days) and fellow newly promoted club Brighton are said to be in the lead for the player.
The Brazilian has a release clause of €12M (about £10.5M) in his contract, but that seems rather high with the player having very little experience at the top level, although he did look good in the Champions League last term.
Several Premier League clubs are interested in the player including West Ham, Everton and Leicester as well as Brighton and Newcastle and he caught the attention of top clubs by playing so well in the Champions League last season.
Sporting Lisbon are also reported to be keen on signing the winger.
We would be very surprised if Newcastle are after this right winger – but we suppose it’s possible.
What do you think?
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