There is a report in the Daily Mail that Newcastle are interested in an ambitious move for Mario Fernandes of CSKA Moscow.
Mario Fernandes– Russia’s Brazilian right-back
This is a world class player who starred for the hosts in 2018 World Cup. He undoubtedly would be an impact signing at Newcastle but glaring factors make this link a little suspect.
Mario Fernandes is a Russian international who also has one cap for Brazil. He was granted Russian citizenship in June 2016 and has since been capped 16 times for them.
Fernandes has been at CSKA Moscow since a £9.45 move from Brazilian club Gremio in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to make 235 appearances for the club.
The attacking full-back would be an instant upgrade for Newcastle on the right. He can play further forward as a winger but is primarily deployed as a full-back. His attacking ability is very much an integral part of his game as he has averaged 4 goals and 6 assists over the past four seasons.
There are, however, two proverbial “elephants in the room” with this report. Fernandes will be 29 in September and will cost a reported £26.5M.
It is extremely unlikely that Ashley would sanction a move of this sort. The player is just too old and costs too much money.
Fernandes is under contract until 2022 and Atletico Madrid are heavily linked with him.
While this would be an excellent signing for a club striving to break into the top eight next season, we just can’t see this one happening.