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Report – Santos Wants Newcastle Move – Barcelona Prefer Permanent Transfer

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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Tug of war over Santos deal
    Spanish newspaper Marca on Santos deal (via Sport Witness):

    Thursday’s edition of Marca states the Premier league club are in a ‘tug of war’ with Barcelona to try to convince them over a loan move rather than a permanent transfer.

    As long as there’s no work permit barriers, there’s a reasonable chance of Barca giving in and Rafael Benitez getting his man.

    Gossip: Danny Rose available for loan
    Sky Sports report that Danny Rose is available on loan and is currently in talks with Schalke.

    Schalke are in talks with Tottenham over the loan signing of Danny Rose, according to Sky sources.

    Along with Schalke, Rose has been given permission to talk to other unnamed clubs over a season-long loan move.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2


    I’ve read elswhere that the deal is agreed already, and that the work permit hearing is today. Could be b0ll0cks, like.

    Rose is out of the question if we can only loan him. We have 2 english club loanees already. Shame because he would have improved us.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Ashley doesn’t want to leave the new owner saddled with unwanted players and a big squad that needs dismantling, such as having five central defenders. Having said that, I’d loan him with an obligation to buy if he plays 15 games, and at the end of the season sell Clark or Lejuenes (if he’s crocked)

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4

    We were lucky that Jamaal Lascelles
    didn’t go to Russia.
    Folk are talking stupid money for
    Harry Maguire after a half decent
    WC versus pretty average opposition.
    They are talking £75M for the Leicester defender
    Ashley would not be able to resist that sort of dosh

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Who will Maguire playing for on Friday evening ?

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #6


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Another poster said that you can have more loans if there is an obligation to buy. I don’t know the full rules, but maybe it would be possible. I’d probably stay clear of Rose. I just don’t trust players who are taking a big step down in their career and would he be a Benitez player?

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #8


    The 75m price tag is basically Leicester saying “not for sale”. We all know he isn’t worth that much. I’d argue that Lascelles is worth much more to us than his market value would be.

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #9

    So once again the pathological liar has struck, not only has he kept 125 million in TV money he has blatantly lied saying every penny generated from sales Rafa can have.
    How is this man allowed to get away with this,he should never been allowed to buy a football club the fat greedy cancer.

    There is only one positive I could possibly take from this, and that is if he sells the club for a lot less now he has lined his pockets with say 150 million, so do the right thing snd sell for a fair price…I fear he won’t though because he is so greedy and has seen how easy it sits to milk the club at the expense of so many.

    No doubt he will just say he wants to sell again but still for 400 million, and it will but totally ignored where the money he has pocketed this summer.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Barcelona prefer a permanent transfer? Get away.
    Do they not know it’s Newcastle United and Mike Ashley they’re dealing with here.
    We don’t do ‘permanent’ as we don’t have any money. Do we Ashley?

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11

    not sure Rose coming to us would be a big step down after all he’s only a bench warmer at Spurs

  • martoon

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #12

    From earlier:
    Jesper – Aye you are the current blog prediction king – no pressure 🙂
    Shire – Hoping to get down there for a bit before KO.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Next Mike

    If that is the case, then i’d have to say yes to Rose. He is a hard worker and that’s always a good quality to have around Rafa.

    Theres no restrictions on foreign loans apparently, so the kid from Barca shouldn’t be a problem

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Smell the Roses (sorry)

    No way we’d pay his wages

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Not too long now until this actrocity of a window is done. Focus can then shift to making Ashley’s business life hell by continuously having to fight a guerilla war he doesn’t need or want. Best opportunity to get him out or at least take solace in the fact everything he does commercially will be hit by constant pressure.

    I personally took great satisfaction that Keith Bishop took such a beating on social media, as well as trolling sports direct so heavily.

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think Arsenal being valued at £1.8billion
    has helped the cause of those wishing for Ashley
    to drop his price.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone checked to see if the Dark Lords helicopter is hovering over the train ground?

  • lochinvar

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Rafa told Charnley go get a Brazilian.
    But he misunderstood him and wasted time down at the salon where they tore a strip off him for not getting on with the signings.
    Just hope he’s back on the case now.

    Only one work permit and two signings to go.
    Not much to ask is it

  • crawfordm

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #19

    I see the young Bristol City full back is due at Fulham. So Ashley the last time you were on tv you stated we cannot compete with the top six financially. Well now we cannot compete with any of the premiership clubs ( bar Cardiff) It is an utter piss take from this man. If I were Rafa i would walk today , he does not need the money and it would drop Ashley in the preverbrial. Everyone understands what a lieing shit Ashley is – he stated every penny generated would be re spent !!!!! As well as Ashley guys what about Charnley – the smirking prick !! he knows what he is doing. Would love to bump into him at SJP for a discussion on what he provides for NUFC.
    Keep the faith.

  • Mag52

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #20

    The next Mike.

    Much as I’d love to agree with you that Ashley has used the Sky money to reduce his loan to the club, in the letter he wrote trying to defend himself against MP Chi, he referred to the loan as standing at £144m., so, as far as he’s concerned, it seems as if it is still outstanding.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #21

    “I’d argue that Lascelles is worth much more to us than his market value would be.”

    Pithy sentence. I’d argue that Newcastle is worth much more to Ashley than its’ market value would be.

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #22

    More from the Chronicle

    08:26 MARK DOUGLAS
    Have NUFC left things too late?
    Update from Lee Ryder:

    Lee Ryder
    Rafa Benitez handed #nufc his wish-list yesterday including experienced players in the centre-back and left-back slots. The Marlon Santos loan bid also went in but the club haven’t obtained a work permit yet. Rafa warned #nufc they’d left things too late over a week ago.

    8:11 AM – Aug 9, 2018
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    No move from NUFC for Joe Bryan
    Joe Bryan heading to Fulham? Mad move:

    Every transfer window has a bonkers story and this year Joe Bryan’s move to Fulham could well be it.

    Newcastle have been linked with the Bristol City left-back but decided against making a move for the Robins midfielder to pursue other targets.

    Instead, it seemed like Bryan was set to sign for Aston Villa after the Villans agreed to pay £6million for his services.

    Villa agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old and Bryan had completed his medical tests, meaning he was just waiting in a hotel in Birmingham for the move to be officially confirmed.

  • Mag52

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #23

    The Next Mike,

    Maybe it wasn’t you who spoke about the loan, sorry, but you did speak of the next owner as if Ashley might be still planning to sell up.
    I’d love to think that is so, but am not holding my breath.

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Robins schmobbins
    There’s only one Robins
    The mighty North Shields

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Should have said “it’s”. For the sake of general grammatical erudition, the two rules are actually quite easy to remember. Rule 1: When you mean it is or it has, use an apostrophe. Rule 2: When you are using its as a possessive, don’t use the apostrophe.”

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Haha, should have said “its”, and off the cheap hock, also.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 9, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

    A deal to bring former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson to Gateshead is edging closer to completion.

    Well here’s a move we could hijack at this late stage and provide the cover we need for Lejeune’s injury.

    Even Charnley could manage that, couldn’t he ?

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #28


    I was simply pointing out that a players value is mostly to do with how much you don’t want to sell. It had nothing to do with Ashley and the club. Not many average clubs would knock back 75mil for a CB that is probably only worth 20-25 by todays standards.


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