Newcastle are reportedly keeping tabs on Royal Antwerp’s Aurelio Buta. The Birmingham Mail have a report that the 22-year-old right-back is a top target of Wolves. However, it says that both Newcastle and Watford are also tracking the former Portuguese U-20 international.
Buta is a product of the outstanding Benfica Academy, where he rose as high at the Benfica B team. In the summer of 2017, he joined Royal Antwerp on loan before moving there permanently the following summer.
Since joining the Jupiler Pro League side, Buta has been a constant presence on matchday. He has 54 appearances for Antwerp over the past two-plus seasons.
While mainly being deployed at full-back, Buta can also play further forward as a right-winger or even fill in at left-back if needed.
He would reportedly cost in the £5m range and would likely be a replacement for Javier Manquillo, who it looks like will be allowed to run his contract down and leave on a free this summer.
Newcastle also have DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth at the position. However, Yedlin’s contract expires in 2021 and there has been no talk of an extension for the American.
With his speed and crossing ability, Buta could be seen as an alternative to Yedlin if Newcastle fail to retain the 26-year-old beyond next season.