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The Deal Newcastle Almost Got Over The Line On Final Day Of The Window

Rafa Benitez has been interested in signing Greek defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris since late 2017 – according to our records.

At that time Benfica wanted £17M for him which was far too much for Mike Ashley to pay out, so nothing happened.

However, his contract at Benfica runs out in the summer when he will become a free agent.

Newcastle appeared to go all out to try to sign him last month on loan.

Portuguese outlet O Jogo have given more details on why the move for the Benfica midfielder did not end up on Tyneside.

The arrangement was that Benfica would get a loan fee of 300M and a sell-on clause for the player if Newcastle signed him in the summer and sold him in the future.

Newcastle would optionally offer Samaras a two-year deal this summer when he became a free agent.

Benfica rejected this arrangement very late in the game and said they would offer him a new contract to stay in Lisbon – but the player has yet to see a new deal from Benfica.

But it seems that Samaris is receptive to staying at the Lisbon club for two more years.

Nothing has yet been discussed about his new contract with Benfica, including his wages and the length of the proposed new contract.

Benfica irked Newcastle by pulling out of the proposed deal very late in last month’s transfer window.

They probably thought they would be losing too much money on the player who was worth close to £15M eighteen months ago.

If he signs any new deal at Benfica before the summer then the interest of Newcastle will be dead.

But if Samaris and his agent can get a better deal from Newcastle, maybe he will hold out until June, and we can sign him as a free agent at that time.

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6 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    It appears thaf Samaris backed the wrong horse by opting to stay on a short term contract but more to the point, he didn’t seem to want to come to SJP.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2


    So, Ashley likes Wagner coz they were impressed with the way Huddersfield played in the Championship in 2016? Ffs, unbelievable.

    There’s no way Rafa’ll stay unless there’s a major reduction in his expectations – Ashley won’t want to be seen as giving in to Rafa and Rafa won’t want to accept what Ashley’s offering – money to spend on transfers on Ashley’s terms.

    Sadly, the damage is done and there’s no going back but any manager that comes in under Ashley needs to have realistic expectations and expect to be lied to and undermined in Ashley’s quest for Prem survival.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Somebody asked whether Bobbybee wrote The Iliad.

    Short answer no coz Bobby went to most games including away games!

    Think about it….

  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    how many managers off that list would actually even turn up for the interview never mind take the job, every manager on that list has ambition why would they even consider a club with none !!!!!!

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    It appears that the Times journalist behind the story about Wagner and Rodgers is Matt Hughes who has regularly been willing to put out pro-Mike Ashley stories, clearly fed by the likes of Keith Bishop on behalf of the Newcastle United owner.

    George Caulkin’s said to have no time for Hughes.

    Why doesn’t Ashley just talk directly to Rafa and keep the Bishop-Barnes band out of things. What value do they add to negotiations – none!

    As someone said, people don’t negotiate with friends, they talk to them.

    Ashley, pick the phone up, talk to Rafa, meet and talk one to one – stop pi$$ing about via the media and get rid of Barnes who sees to cause more problems rather than he offers positives. If he’s supposed to offer image management, I’d be inclined to avoid him like the plague.

  • sickandtired

    Feb 9, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    €300,000 Dr Ed, not €300M.

    As for Wagner – Huddersfield had a net spend of £90 million in the last two seasons. Still going to get relegated and Wagner got the sack. Some advert that is.


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