Get French Football News is reporting that there have been discussions of Newcastle buying Lille midfielder Thiago Maia. Newcastle have had an interest in the Brazilian since last summer when they tried but failed to secure a loan deal.
As indicated by L’Équipe, discussions around the possibility of Newcastle United buying Lille midfielder Thiago Maia have occurred in recent days, but nothing concrete yet.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 4, 2019
Last summer Maia’s transfer fee was in the €20-30m, however after a poor year in France for Lille, the French club’s asking price for the 23-year-old has plummeted.
However, there is a strange report in Le 10 Sport that Genoa have bid €7m to purchase 50% of the player. This is an unusual deal which we are not sure that the outlet is getting right. However, the Italian club does appear to be very interested in Maia.
In June, there was speculation that Brazilian club Flamengo were close to sealing a shock €8.5m deal for Maia but nothing has resulted from those reports.
With Newcastle still uncertain of the future of Isaac Hayden and having lost Mohamed Diame this summer, they may be maintaining an interest in Maia as a precaution for a Hayden move. We could use another central midfielder, though, as the team appears to be playing with three in the middle going forward.