It looked really promising when we were linked with a £10m bid for 20-year-old NK Lokomotiva Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer a few days ago.
The young Croatian player seemed a good buy for just £10M and Newcastle were supposed to pay him €1M a year in wages to try to close the deal.
And then yesterday Majer told 24Sata that he is ready to join Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract.
There were previous reports from Italy that Newcastle had overtaken Italian club Sampdoria in the chase for the talented young playmaker.
20-year-old NK Lokomotiva Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer
The 20-year-old Croatian said this to 24Sata:
“It’s true, I’m coming to Dinamo. I’m confused, my little boy’s dream has come true for wearing a blue shirt.”
“Sampdoria’s bid was much bigger, but I decided to come to Dinamo because I think it’s better for me at this time.”
No mention there of Newcastle.
Here’s a piece from the 24Sata report that Majer is going for €2.5M and a 50% sell-on clause:
“Dinamo will, from sources close to the club, pay between €2M and €2.5M, and Lokomotiva could get 50% of the next Majer transfer.”
“This is a great job of managing the Dinamo, Majer will sign a contract for five years.”
It’s hard to believe Newcastle bid £10M for the player if he goes for just €2.5M.
PS – Great 2-1 win by England yesterday over Tunisia in the World Cup but – like Newcastle – England made it difficult and missed many chances.
But two excellent goals from captain Harry Kane with the winner coming in stoppage time got England all 3 points.