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Newcastle Face Complications Trying To Sign Long-Term Target


Andreas Samaris has been linked with Newcastle ever since our return to the Premier League in 2017.  We reported late last month about the player’s contract stalemate with his club Benfica
There are recent indications the stalemate is nowhere near close to being resolved.

Recently, former Benfica captain and Greek international Kostas Katsouranis gave an interview to Portugal’s  Desporto ao Minuto imploring the club to provide samaris with the deal he wants to keep him.

That interview has been translated by Inside Futbol and here’s some of that interview – this is Kostas Katsouranis talking:

“Samaris loves Benfica and deserves to have a good contract. He has already proven that he deserves it with his performances on the pitch.”

“In my opinion, Samaris is one of the most important players in the current Benfica squad. It’s just my opinion. “

“He has spent several years at the club and knows the ambition of the fans.” “The renewal should have been resolved a long time ago, in my opinion.”

“I do not know what’s going to happen at the end of the season. It is not crazy.” “I know he wants to stay, but he wants to stay and be happy.”

“He is 30 years old and deserves to have a good contract, which is normal for a footballer.”

“This coach [Bruno Lage] has already shown everyone that he wants to have Samaris in the squad by playing him on a regular basis”, he added.

“I think Benfica should keep Samaris and he should choose what is best for him.”

That seems to be an odd set of comments coming from Katsouranis.

There is a long-standing delay between Benfica and Samaris on a new deal ever since Newcastle tried to sign him in late January when the Lisbon club decided to want to keep him and give him a new contract.

Maybe Newcastle shouldn’t get involved at all in this since we would only slow things down even more – given our less than agile history in the transfer market.

Since Samaris joined Benfica in 2014 from Olympiacos, he has made 160 appearances for the Lisbon club with 5 goals and 9 assists, and Rafa has been after him for a while now.

And it appears that Newcastle are not the only club monitoring the player’s contract situation.

According to the Portuguese Record, Russian Premier League club, Dynamo Moscow are ready to move for the player’s signature if his current deal does expire.

It would be expected that a player of Samaris’ stature would have many suitors on a free transfer.

But with him turning 30 next month, it’s hard to determine if he is a realistic target for the frugal Newcastle hierarchy.

If he is, Lee Charnley and the Newcastle board will have to move quickly.

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187 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    May 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #1

    first

    0
  • beermonkey

    May 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    muhahahahaha

    3
  • beermonkey

    May 9, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #3

    winner winner chicken dinner

    0
  • bill

    May 9, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Collect your chicken at Kentucky Fried

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster

    The only reason you’d want Rafa here for years is to give you something to moan about!

    The kids you coach would learn more about football playing subbuteo!

    5
  • NY Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill,

    Re : amortisation

    This is an accountancy practice that all clubs are forced to use (in exactly the same way) for FFP purposes.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with how clubs pay for players.

    2
  • beermonkey

    May 9, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    bill

    do i pass go and collect £200 as well

    2
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Munster Mag

    Utter bollix,hes bled us dry

    NY Mag

    Keep on trying to get people to believe MA has our accounts tip top,even though every thing he has touched is under some kind of investigation or court case

    Hiya KBA

    6
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Yip

    MA saved us and has our club in tip top condition

    Were so lucky

    😉

    5
  • NY Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #10

    toon22,

    Strange Comment?
    I’ve never claimed our accounts are tip top

    4
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #11

    One guy defends MA against any suggestion of anything foul in the clubs accounts,even though its fairly obvious oney seems to vanish on a regular basis

    And the other likes to blame Rafa for everything

    Who benefits from those opinions ?

    You think Rafa is staying with all the PR flying around right now ?

    5
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I saw that post online guy posted late last night. 10 year ago I think and the number of comments on the blog.

    My take away was the fact that it was a supposed take over that Ambani guy, one of the richest guys in India. Lol, back then, yes.

    But th comments were quite similar in that so many of the posters had heard whispers and it could be happening.

    How does it keep happening lol.

    3
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #13

    NY Mag

    You always play devils advocate

    Its never MAs fault

    2
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    ronaldo aarons

    Same people with the same rubbish
    Year after year after year

    Im sick of the lies

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Ny
    That amortisation is something I never really got my head around tbh, I will one day just go over it a little. But if you don’t mind and if you can, do you know why our total is quite high? Relatively speaking as apparently the whole amortisation that we have at the moment accounts for like 80% with respect to revenue.

    May be wrong but I did read it somewhere but haven’t actually looked at it.

    I know it’s not a case of needing to be paid all up as it’s a way of paying off money or whatever, just curious as to why it’s quite high.

    2
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #16

    If Rafa had any chance of staying you think MA would have gotten it sorted ?

    No its the usual drag it out to the Nth degree with the only real intention of playing for time till the transfer window closes

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m sick of toon 22’s lies. If he met Mikey (and actually left his house) he’d shit himself.

    0
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Were being sold to “whoever” and …..
    Or
    Our accounts are looking up and soon we will be able ….
    Or
    The manager will need to “whatever” then we will be able to invest
    Or
    We have a 5 year plan and..

    All lies every single time

    7
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Munster

    Are you Catchy in disguise ?

    Have you met anyone you moan about ?

    7
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    And ive seen MA response to being confronted by actual fans

    Hes a real hard man lol

    7
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #21

    In fact your sounding a bit like JIB

    😉

    Mikey boy

    9
  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I quite like the synergy between our shirts and selling them in sports direct. Good marketing. Mike owns us 22. His call. Hopefully we can pay him back for saving us from doing a Portsmouth. Anyway, who will want to take over. Their families will get threatened. You’re right, it’s mostly not mikeys fault. I’m tired of it. Tick tock.

    1
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster

    Were sick of MA and his lies

    Who do you think youll be blaming next season for everything ?

    4
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Munster

    Its never MAs fault

    Hiya KBA

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25

    One of jib’s other names. I didn’t like the stadium name change but sure they’re all at it these days. You’re clearly no businessman 22.

    0
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster

    Your clearly not your average toon fan

    😉

    6
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Shit Munster we’ve been rumbled
    or do I call you Jane after 19.00 ?

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Aye cos selling Rangers tops at SD has been great for them.

    What a bel end

    5
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Essex you’ve saved toon22’s shite – hit him with it.

    1
  • NY Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Ronaldo,

    Our squad amortisation for last year was ~£41M, pretty much similar to other clubs around us

    2
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    NY mag

    Yip our accounts are hunky dory

    😉

    6
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster

    Imho we will sign Stuar Pearce in the summer as our next manager,just my opinion

    You can get a head start on thinking up stuff to moan about in advance

    JIB

    How many of your alts are pro MA too ?

    5
  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Signing a guy of his age is fantasy under current ownership, as ,no doubt, we all know.

    0
  • Pain in the Blog

    May 9, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon22,

    There’s an old saying that goes along the lines of ‘When your only tool is a hammer, all issues start looking like nails.’

    It perfectly describes your inability to see any comment by any other poster as anything other than a pro-Ashley excuse from a shill or KBA employee.

    It proves that you’re blinkered, one-dimensional and just not very bright. Well, most of you, as I do believe that you are a collective using the same monicker and avatar. The very opposite of your only other accusation – posters using multiple accounts.

    You are pathetic and irritating.

    9
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Some atmosphere at the Mestalla !
    Valencia is a great city

    1
  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Am I the only one thinking a sale is in prospect, behind the scenes (as any genuine sale is 100% guaranteed to Be)?

    2
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt here
    https://canlitv.plus/idman-tv-izle

    1
  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Can anybody remember the last time we were sold? The first we heard of it was “Reclusive Mike Ashley has bought NUFC”

    3
  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #39

    22, I’ll be moaning about rafa, obviously. There are about 10 halfwits on here who think I hate him so ya, I’ll be hating him. Mob mentality rules mate. The herd has spoken. If you want to sell tgd club, you shud thank Mikey for cleaning up our p+l. Poor Freddy had us chasing crocks like Michael Owen but Mikey let rafa in and now we can puck of a schar or two, along with a few clear flops as outlined in ur local press. Mikey, he’s good and bad

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Ny
    Yeah I got that, that would make it 11th highest in the league. Trying to find the link I saw when it had it down as higher. Maybe I’m just getting wires crossed.

    Thanks though.

    3
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