There’s a report out late last week that Newcastle United failed on the last day of the transfer window to get 21-year-old Brazilian central midfielder Thiago Maia to Newcastle who we had been linked with all summer.
Rafa is very keen on this youngster who seems to have it all.
His club Lille wanted to sell him this summer rather than send him on loan, and West Ham were even favorites to sign him towards the end of the window – but didn’t.
21-year-old Thiago Maia – excellent young Brazilian player
We really hope that Newcastle go back for this player in January or next summer.
And Rafa has probably talked to him about moving to Newcastle.
The report is from France in le10sport, and apparently, Watford bid €20M (£17.9M) for him, and Newcastle had already bid for him with a fee “approaching €20M”.
Maia made it clear he preferred to move to Newcastle United rather than Watford, and we have to believe he had talked to Robert Kenedy.
But Lille wanted €25M for him, so the deal didn’t go through.
That’s the report – believe it or believe it not.
But getting Thiago Maia to Newcastle would be a coup for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle – maybe in January?
Other reports late in the window were that we were trying to get him on loan for the season with an option to buy.
Presumably once Rafa gets somebody like Maia through the door we can sell Isaac Hayden t a southern club for around £10M.