The updates on Newcastle’s dual pursuits of Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike have been less than promising. It’s still very early with months to go before the window slams shut on September 1st.
There have been some promising signs of transfers at the youth level. Alex Murphy will officially come aboard in July while it looks Newcastle have won the race for Kilmarnock’s Charlie McArthur.
Yesterday, it was reported that Newcastle have agreed on a fee and personal terms for the 17-year-old. He should be next through the door as the Academy rebuild is off to a decent start.
Sport Witness has cited a report from Portugal that a bid is still being prepared for Braga’s Roger Fernandes. The 16-year-old is a highly-rated winger who already has 10 appearances for the Portuguese club.
Unlike McArthur, who will cost £350,000, a significant investment is being prepared for Fernandes. The offer could eventually reach over £20m, though will likely be heavily laden with future bonuses.
Newcastle may see Fernandes as worth the risk. He showed glimpses of world-class ability this past season. His pre-match preparations even shocked his manager Carlos Carvahal, who has since moved on to Al Wahda.
Carvahal, who has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea, said the following after a match this past October:
“It was unbelievable. I know football. This is not normal.
“I asked him the next day, ‘Where did you learn this? Who taught you? This is a complex position.’ He told me that he watched all of Braga’s games and when he had been told that he would play as a left winger, he spent all that day watching videos of Galeno (the injured player he replaced).
“He had studied his movements in the offensive phase, defensive phase and the transition.
“Wow. At 15 years old, this was something special. The modern young player does not like to watch full games but this boy had done all that he could to learn this position.”