Yesterday, it was revealed that Newcastle were trying to beat out Juventus and Everton for Portuguese wonderkid Matchoi Djalo.
In August, the 16-year-old winger became the youngest player ever to play in Portugal’s top flight and is thought to be one of Portugal’s top prospects.
Sport Witness have now cited outlets in Portugal that Juventus have recently bid €3m for the Pacos de Ferreira youngster. However, that fee is just over half of his reported €5m release clause.
The Portuguese club is very willing to make a deal for Djalo. According to Sport Witness, Pacos De Ferreira president Paulo Meneses has claimed that the club is willing to negotiate with any club interested in the exciting prospect.
If Newcastle are interested in the winger, they may need to act fast and put in a bid. It doesn’t look like the Juventus bid has been rejected yet, and the Portuguese club may be holding out for a bidding war to ensue.
Though we can’t see Newcastle willing to pay up to €5m for a 16-year-old no matter how much potential he could have. Also with Juve sniffing about, that seems the more likely destination for Djalo.
A more realistic target could be Carlisle defender Jarrad Branthwaite who is reportedly valued at just £1m. Newcastle also have the right of first refusal for the 17-year-old as part of the Elias Sorensen loan deal.