A report last week claimed Newcastle were preparing a £15m bid for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson. The 25-year-old has been the only goalkeeping target to hit the headlines in recent weeks.
However, claims are emerging from Portugal of another potential contender. Sport Witness has compiled a few reports that Porto’s Diogo Costa has hit Newcastle’s radar.
The 22-year-old wrestled the number one gloves from Agustin Marchesin last summer after a couple of years as his backup. He was outstanding for the Liga Portugal champions conceding just 22 times with 15 clean sheets in the league.
Costa has risen through the Porto ranks to become one of their stars. He broke into the Portuguese national team in October and is their current number one with 4 caps, including a 1-1 draw at Spain on Thursday.
There is one glaring issue with this link. Costa has a €60m release clause and signed a new contract to 2026 last fall. Newcastle have made preliminary contact with Porto but they are unwilling to come down from his high release clause.
Costa is probably a player Newcastle are keeping track of. Henderson is the number one target should Newcastle try to add a goalkeeper this summer. That will depend on whether Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman can be offloaded.
Mark Douglas reported yesterday that Newcastle are currently targeting four players in Hugo Ekitike, Moussa Diaby, Sven Botman, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. A deal for Ekitike is very close.
There is work to do on the other three with Calvert-Lewin looking like a very distant prospect. There is also a claim from calciomercato’s Daniele Longo on Twitter that Botman prefers AC Milan, who will decide next week whether to bring him in or allocate funds elsewhere.
— NUFC360 (@NUFC360) June 3, 2022