Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barcelona center-back Marlon Santos has a number of offers from around Europe.
But the one that seems to appeal to him the most is to join Rafa Benitez at Newcastle on a season-long loan deal.
Newcastle are trying to bring the 22-year-old defender to the club and are desperately trying to get a work permit for him over the remaining 9 hours of this transfer window.
Marlon Santos – in action for Barcelona
The defender is said to be excited about the possibility of joining Newcastle.
Here’s a piece translated from the Mundo Deportivo report:
“Marlon has several offers, although the idea of ??playing in the Premier is the one that most appeals to him after having played last season for the French club Nice.”
“Having lost the interest of West Ham, now the Brazilian is excited about the possibility of playing in the Premier (Newcastle).”
“The difficulty right now is that Barca would prefer a transfer and the British club now proposes a loan.”
Newcastle are proposing a loan deal for €2M simply because the owner doesn’t want to spend money on players this summer.
Whether Santos joins Newcastle today now seems to lie with the Home Office who need to give him a work permit before 5:00pm.
We assume Newcastle can get an option to buy in the loan deal, given this report is accurate that Barca would prefer a permanent deal this summer.