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Newcastle Again Linked With Move For 22-Year-Old Midfielder



For the second time in just a handful of days, the Portuguese newspaper Record is linking Newcastle with a move for Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes. Over the weekend, it was claimed that Newcastle could revisit a January loan offer for the 22-year-old.

At the time, Sporting were reluctant to sell any key components of their squad as they had a Liga NOS title in their sights. They rejected Newcastle’s offer of a loan with a reported £10m purchase option in January.

Sporting went on to win the title with Nunes ending his first full season with 39 appearances, though only 12 were starts in the league. The Brazilian had broken into the first team in the latter half of the previous season.

On Wednesday, Sport Witness cited a second report from the Portuguese newspaper about Newcastle’s pursuit of the 22-year-old. This report claims Sporting have already lined up a replacement in Famalicao’s Manuel Ugarte should Nunes depart the Lisbon-based club this summer. Newcastle is cited as the potential destination.

Nunes’s representatives are scheduled to meet with the Sporting board over his future later in the summer. He joined Sporting from Estoril Praia for around £990k in January of 2019 and signed an extension to 2025 last October.

With funds limited this summer, Newcastle likely could only offer a loan with a purchase option once again. He ticks a few boxes as he’s an all-around midfielder who can carry the ball forward or drop deep in a more defensive playmaking role. He was also played on the right a few times last season.

A loan move could be a decent shout as long a reasonable purchase option is inserted. While the links are only seemingly coming for Portugal, he does fit the profile of a Mike Ashley signing.

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122 comments so far

  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Post below if you think mackems stink.

    3
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Lol keeper done Kane like a kipper.

    0
  • Wor B

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #3

    below

    3
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Wor b
    Nice ha

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Crap half of football waste of time as far as Euro prep, players not even going playing nothing like what we will line up like and probably not even the same formation. Second half Southgate and team must do better …. Foden on would be a start.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Just reading up on venues, if England win group D and go all the way it’s only the quarter final where they’ll travel to Rome I think!
    All other games at Wembley, some sorcery gone on there with UEFA 😉

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Wright’s picking up on Kane playing deep again, just like w/c and last euros with woy, hope he doesn’t start taking corners again, unless he knows his ankles are shot and can’t play on the last line anymore.

    1
  • Wor B

    Jun 2, 2021 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Great British sewing bee BBC1 at 9.

    Tempting.

    1
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Conte is my fav mgr. Would be gutted if Spurs get him. Fat ash why couldnt he just offer 12 mill a year and get a dof like paratici or ocampos

    3
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Naptoon,

    Jones will be picking up on that with southgate hopefully

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Paint drying
    BBC 3

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Foden, mount on Saka, Lingard off. Push Foden up around Kane and play with a diamond, rice at the base, mount at the point and belllingham, Grealish either side. Push the f/bs 10 yard further up the pitch as austria offer no attacking threat, and there you go Gareth bobs your uncle.

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  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Uncertain
    Hopefully he can work the same magic he did on Bruceless.

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be better than the shite on sky sports rom … typical England snooze fest so far.

    0
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Dorty Austrian tw@t in a friendly just b4 a tourney.

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Southgate is clueless.

    2
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully Jones will slap the Bruce out of Southgate come tmoz training session. So dull with all our attacking talent.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    naptoon,

    All the creative players there are and Kane comes deep looking for it. Jones needs to get him told pal

    1
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Graeme Jones on the telly! International superstar!

    2
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    “Harry you wouldn’t of played so bad if you hadn’t dropped so deep so no need for the long face ….”
    goal

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  • Wor B

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Graeme Jones getting an honourable mention then England score.

    Join the dots.

    😉

    1
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #22

    There ya go! Let’s see more of that.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Breakthrough.

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #24

    That’s more like it, the counter attack, the old faithful, always works

    0
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Jockanese turning Dutch over who’dve thunked it

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Crikey, Fraser is on the pitch for Scotland, fit again 🙂

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  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Holy freakin’ Shiite is this a b international he’s making a point af playing non starters.

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  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Freakin joke I want to punch southgates teeth back into their normal position.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Southgate is suspect, never trust a bloke that dyes his hair, coz he’s hiding something 😉

    2
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Godfrey nearly with his first goal for England there. Yikes!

    2
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh look 5 subs and suddenly Austria start looking a threat, build a winning mentality Southgate you bell joke those subs like

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Crikey Lewin was 6ft in the air

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Hate to say it but that was a smart touch by Pickford there. Got lucky again.

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  • Wor B

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #34

    dino fingertip save at full stretch, 2 inches above his head. lol

    2
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Scythe,

    I’ll join the euro fantasy league mate if you’re jacking one up. Think there’ll be a good few chuck a team in for shits and giggles!

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  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #36

    From Pizza Hut ads to England manager, via an unsuccessful stint in teeside. Amazing what a bit brown nosing can do.

    1
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Has DCL got rocket boots on or summit? Bloody hell, no wonder he scores so many with his heed!

    1
  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #38

    A keeper with normal arms would’ve caught it …. he’s a little water allergic rat.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Uncertain Toon/World – consider it done! I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes if Jail or someone else had already set one up.

    If there is already one then I can just delete mine 🙂

    Back in a mo with a code (if that’s how they’re doing it)…

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  • naptoon

    Jun 2, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Imagine Lingard had got a hatrick how stupid would Southgate of looked …. ridiculous team selection and subs absolutely no sense and no point in this match.

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