There is a report in the Portuguese outlet OJogo that Newcastle is tracking Greek international goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. Vlachodimos had a tremendous debut campaign for the Portuguese champions this past season.
Odysseas Vlachodimos– in demand Benfica goalkeeper
Odysseas Vlachodimos joined Benfica last summer in a €2.4M move from Greek club Panathinaikos. He made 50 appearances for the Lisbon club and kept 15 clean sheets in total.
Newcastle, as well as many other clubs, were linked to the shot-stopper in September. According to the reports from last year, clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Arsenal were interested in him.
Vlachodimos is a German-born Greek international who has 3 caps for Greece. He came through the academy at Stuttgart, his place of birth, before joining Panathinaikos on a free transfer two summers ago.
This past season has seen the twenty-five-year-old blossom into a top goalkeeper. His transfer fee is believed to be £13.2M.
The futures of Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, and Freddie Woodman still linger in uncertainty. All three have just a year remaining on their contracts.
There is a recent report in the Chronicle that Freddie Woodman is none too pleased with not being loaned out this past season. So it is highly plausible that he will see out the remainder of his contract and leave Newcastle next summer on a free transfer.
We would hope that his Newcastle career can still be salvaged but the club did not handle the youngster properly and could pay the price.
Odysseas Vlachodimos is exactly the type of promising goalkeeper we should be tracking this summer. We also like the look of Walter Benitez the Nice keeper we were linked with last week.
While Martin Dubravka is the clear number one, he needs to have competition for his place. We’ll see if Rafa can bring Odysseas to Newcastle.