Newcastle have had scouts watching Porto several times this season. On three occasions, there have been reports of Newcastle scouts attending Porto matches, most recently in November.
Two of those matches were against Vitoria Setubal, while one was against the mighty Benfica. While Newcastle were likely watching several players, a name has come up in the Chronicle that could have something in it.
Otavio is a 24-year-old attacking midfielder who joined Porto in 2014 from Brazilian club Internacional. He can also play on either wing and has spent a lot of time this season on the right side of midfield.
The Brazilian has made 123 appearances for Porto with 13 goals and 27 assists. He is also a client of the ROGON Agency, like his compatriot Joelinton.
The report in the Chronicle has him as one of five players the bookies are tipping Newcastle to sign next month. They have his odds at 10/1.
Otavio– Porto attacking midfielder watched by Newcastle
Otavio has a release clause in the €50-60m depending on various sources. However, he hasn’t reached the vast heights of his initial promise when he first signed for Benfica, so his value would likely be a lot less.
Yesterday, there were reports that Newcastle were looking at a winger and a striker for next month. Earlier this year, it was a box to box type midfielder that was said to be high on Bruce’s winter wishlist.
It could be that Newcastle is making a concerted effort to find another Brazilian to come in. We have scouted Gremio winger Everton Soares recently as well.
We expect the links to keep coming this month with the window opening today. Hopefully, Newcastle will be very active as we are in dire need of some creativity and goal scorers this window.
Otavio would fit the description as a creative force in the final third who will also get stuck in defensively. We’ll see if his name keeps popping up over the next few weeks.