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Rafa Targets £10M Rated Brazilian Central Midfielder From Napoli


Rafa Benitez of Newcastle is interested in signing 26-year-old Napoli central midfielder Allan –  according to a report in the Sun today.

Two other Premier League clubs are said to be interested in the player (who stands 5ft 8ins tall)  and they are West Brom and Southampton.

The U20 Brazilian Youth International was signed by Napoli two years ago from Udinese after three years at the Bianconeri Friuliani – and he has since played 82 times for Naples based club with 4 goals and 12 assists.

He is rated at around £10M.

26-year-old defensive midfielder Allan of Napoli

The Sun is reporting that Rafa is very keen to sign this player for Newcastle and he is keen to get the talented Brazilian in as soon as possible – especially with two other English clubs also interested in the player.

Allan operates primarily as a defensive midfielder but he can also play in attacking midfield and can operate between defense and attack at will – so in the way he is a versatile player.

He normally plays in defensive midfield and has good ball-winning skills and he’s said to be a good technical player who is a good passer of the ball with good speed too.

Sounds good to us.

🙂

Allan has been a first team starter for Napoli for two seasons now and he would seem to be a great addition to the Newcastle side for £10M

Rafa Benitez thinks this player can adapt quickly to English football after being outstanding in Serie A.

Allan played for the Brazil Under-20s back in 2011 alongside Philippe Coutinho, Alex Sandro, Oscar, Casemiro, and Danilo when they won the U20 World Cup in Colombia and it was the fifth time the Brazilians have won that tournament.

That’s the tournament England won this summer for the first time when we beat Venezuela 1-0 in the final and had both Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong in the squad.

What do you think about Allan?

Comments welcome.


105 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #41

    Its a Rafalution and reminds me of the excitement of the Keegan era. Top quality buys and a c ouple more to come. And Rafa has only spent 10 million when we consider the sales.. The guy is a genius. I just want to have a competitive team. I do not want to win anything if we have to spend 200 million every year and pay average players 150 grand a week. Messi is on a million a week. It is disgusting. His wages could keep most of the people in the north east on the dole. Obscene. Football has gone mad. It is immoral but we put up with it because its “entertainment.” The PM is on 150K a year. Farcical.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #42

    We have more depth and balance in this group, and better team spirit, but not the same calibre of better player. Not so many of the Ba, Benny, Collo, Cabaye, Townsend, Cisse, Wijnaldum, Sissoko quality. 3 of that standard, with their heads screwed on right and we’d be very good, even first season back.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #43

    Abdennour for 7 mill to Watford.. Wow. 12 mill if you include young Challabah
    Decent business by the Hornets

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #44

    Bobby,
    For the last five years City have bought the most expensive players, just because those expensive players now cost a lot more doesn’t make them any better than before their prices went up. When we drew with them a year and a half ago they were the most expensive side in the PL, the quality of players imo hasn’t improved in line with the price hikes, Siggurdson isn’t 35M better than he was a year ago.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #45

    We have better team spirit but that will be tested this season, will these players step up to the challenge or will they fade away under pressure. Let’s not forget Shelvey wasn’t exactly setting the league alight last time round, i’m sure he was dropped as well.

    The ones that have remained from last relegation will have a point to prove, the hope is they can step up to the challenge.

    Would anyone take Perez from Arsenal? Apparently he wants out, I think we could get him if in our budget

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  • Offkey

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #46

    Lochinvar- on Gibson and any sell on clause or buy back would be possible but difficult. It seems that the negotiations are to avoid a tribunal decision, therefore Everton can just say no and take there chance at tribunal

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  • Jib

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #47

    Jim Iley
    Theresa May gets only £150,000 pa but she gets a nice flat in Central London and a county retreat in Buckinghamshire for free and lots of free dinners and air travel
    😀

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  • martoon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #48

    Jail I admire your optimism but if we added Gini and Townsend to the current squad they would be massive upgrades and make a big difference. I guess what I’m saying is we need a couple of quality signings that will fit straight into the first team – then I think we’ll have a decent season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #49

    OT,
    Definitely not, we’ve just had to get rid of a Murphy because we bought a new one, unless you want rid of young Ayoze then it’s a no from me.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #50

    martoon,
    Ginny hardly played in our resurgence, his pathetic display against Soton that rubbed off on the rest of them got him dropped.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #51

    Jail Spurs and City are stronger than before, especially Spurs, and that was last game of the season stuff. Because most other teams have better players than us, this will suit Rafa’s defensive mindset, which the Championship probably didn’t . That’s why I kept saying it all last season.When we went after teams and attacked them we were far better than them. Some people said that Rafa was tutoring the players with a view to this season in the prem. I doubt that, but either way we need good players, soon. The Irish media guy who indicated Rafa’s annoyance with the clubs transfer work wasn’t some Sun gossiper. He wasn’t even making a big deal of it, just putting forward an pinion. So how much do people think we have left in the kitty? Is there enough for 3 good players at 15 mill a head. I don’t think so ? 🙁

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #52

    Jail, I get that much, but Spurs wouldn’t have sold him if City hadn’t paid that much for him. In the CURRENT market, that’s what he’s worth. A player is worth what another team is prepared to pay and not a penny more.
    That said, he’s far far better than a five million pound right back. The Manikin cost us five millionish and that says it all. Who would you sooner have, Walker or The Manikin? It’s not so much the actual price, but the difference in the price that matters.
    He’d still be the same player if he went on a free, or cost fifty million, obviously, but where do you pick up a free transfer of that quality?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #53

    Although he did play agains Spurs but got subbed.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #54

    Jail

    Ahaha, never thought of that. It would be confusing with 2 Perez’s

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #55

    So no chance of watching tomorrow’s match, apparently.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #56

    Bobby,
    Maybe I didn’t explain my self well, you’re saying that City have spent millions so therefore can’t compare, but they’ve spent more money every year now for about five years.Just because they’ve spent even more this year doesn’t mean they are that much better than if they bought the best RB in the country for a more realistic price.

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  • Jib

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #57

    NUFC should employ Our Town to give the opposition team talk.
    We’d walk the PL.
    Talk about the glass half empty
    Sacré Bleu !

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #58

    The target should be first not 11th or 12th with our team it’s not possible but you tell your players at the beginning of the season we are looking to finish 12th and you can bet they will finish a lot lower than that
    My expectations are to finish first not 12th
    ASH OUT

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #59

    Munster, 45m? I’d say yes, we probably do have that much left to spend. We ain’t spent hardly anything yet after all.
    That said, Rafa won’t spend that money if he doesn’t think it improves the team. He certainly won’t buy players just to spend money, he’ll do what he’s done so far and get value for money. Lejeune was well worth what we’ve paid for him. Atsu definitely, a steal at that price and likewise Murphy.
    He’s frustrated at the silly prices and attitude of players who only want to play in London, but he’ll keep looking until he finds what he needs.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #60

    Jib

    Our town? Newcastle is a city though.

    If you ever did our team talks I’d imagine it would be like JFK, insomnia, kebab etc

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #61

    Jeff, I mean Jib…..maybe your team talks would be in the mould of José Luis Aragonés, didn’t he refer to Henry in a racial way!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #62

    Pedants’ corner

    It’s “sacrebleu”.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #63

    Jail, City spend all that money and definitely don’t always get value for it, but they don’t understand the value of anything because money means nothing to them. Despite clearly paying over the odds for players, they do win things, so they would argue paying stupid money is worthwhile.
    That’s why we can’t compete with them though and why they keep beating us more often than not.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #64

    This time last year we had signed 6 players. We then signed another 6 in August.
    So time is still on our side although I would have preferred them in for the start of the season against Spuds.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #65

    Bobbybee,
    My original points was and is that we are not going to be the PL whipping boys many people have us down as.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #66

    Bobby
    I feel for Monaco who’s exciting side has been ripped apart, think citeh also bought the LB yesterday, Mendy. They’ve certainly improved at full back and in modified with the very good bernardo Silva but if Kompany is injured then they have a soft centre

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #67

    Jail

    I agree we won’t be the whipping boys, rafa will have us set up with clean sheets in mind and then we will counter sides. Organisation is an area he excels in and players will know exactly what there roles are.

    I don’t expect us to get hammered by sides and don’t expect us to hammer anyone. They’ll be tight games and hopefully we can come out with enough points for safety by April

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #68

    Jail, wish you’d just said that from the start and I could’ve agreed straight away. 🙂 But neither should we take anything for granted either. It’s going to be hard work, but the lads want to be here, play well for each other and the gaffer, so we’ll surprise some teams expecting to beat us easily.
    Can’t wait for the season to start.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #69

    Man city signed a back up to Kyle walker for what 26 mill, Which is roughly what we have spent up to yet on 4 players.
    The PL has moved on so much within a season its frightening really. Two seasons ago we all thought we were a top Pl side who should command a top 10 status, And within this period we now have to accept that this at present mission impossible.
    We have to build again..We have no choice. The past is the past and irrelevant really.
    The future is what we have look forward to

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #70

    Our Toon, Aye, shame for them, but they’re a tiny club really punching massively above their weight. Difficult to see how they can ever be anything but a selling club and stay on the right side of FFP. Then again, UEFA only apply said rules when it suits them and turn a blind eye to the so called mega clubs.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #71

    Jazzy

    Danilo from Real Madrid I believe, pep will probably alternate between both especially when they start playing 2 games a week

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #72

    Our toon

    All the same mate 70 odd mill spent on one position, And we are hoping to have that to spend on the whole squad.
    Its mind blowing how much of a gulf is forming within the PL. Its basically like a 3 tier league now, And we have to for now accept we are in the third tier of that

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  • ToonTime

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #73

    jazzyp: You have a short memory mate! As of two years ago we’d spent the previous four years bemoaning the Pardew years during which our average finishing position was 15th!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #74

    Jazzy, that’s been my point all along mate. Relegation hit us hard and now we’re literally starting from scratch again. Same applies to every club just coming up, regardless of where they’ve come from.
    Miss out once on that big payment and it’s down that long snake right back to the start again. It’s only going to get harder every time the sky money increases as well. Need to ensure that was the last time we get relegated.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #75

    And on that note I’ve got things to do I can’t keep ignoring. 🙂 Cracking bit of blogging all round today chaps, I thank you for the entertainment and none stop football craic, it’s been a pleasure. Catch ya later maybe.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #76

    Bobby

    They have a very wealthy owner which is why they got the likes of James Rodriguez, Falcao etc. They spent big money whilst also working on bringing through kids. They got big money for James Rodriguez but kept Falcao, moutinho etc.

    I look at clubs like Monaco and Ath Madrid and think we should look to follow in them footsteps. Monaco got into trouble with FFP which is why they sold on certain players and made big money. Big difference with these clubs is they went out and bought quality and sold that quality for even more money.

    If we look at Ath Madrid, they bought through torres from youth team i think, bought forlan, he went and in came aguero, he went in came costa. Etc etc at times they probs had 2 at the same time but hopefully you catch my drift.

    It’s difficult getting quality at 10m or less or even 15m judging by this market. You get 1 quality player and if he does well the you can easily double / treble the value. That’s when you can match the bigger boys in my opinion, spend a little more to get a lot more

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #77

    Monaco were a bit more extreme in the money they spent, especially in wages etc. We couldn’t follow there footsteps but certainly in Ath Madrids

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #78

    Why would we sell Mitrovic now? What a waste of a young investment, not even letting him have the chance to reach his potential!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #79

    Toontime

    No I don’t mate but thanks for the concern.
    2015/16 season we signed Thauvin-Mbemba-Wijnaldum-Darlow-Lascelles and at the beginning of that season there was high hope, Sadly that had fell away by Christmas.But then was bolstered by the arrival of Shelvey-Townsend-Doumbia.

    It wasn’t for a lack of signings or hope that season. Just the players couldn’t perform that season

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #80

    Jazzy

    Ahh yes doumbia, bloody hell we’ve had some stinkers both on loan and bought permanently. There was also the Argentinian fella as well Facundo Ferrerya I think. Another who came got wages and contributed diddly squat

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