Newcastle were linked with Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos a few days ago. Since the initial link, reports from Brazil picked up pace with claims on Wednesday that Newcastle were preparing a £30m bid for the 18-year-old.
A bid in September seems very unlikely, especially that amount for a player so young. Another claim from journalist Jorge Nicola put the amount of Newcastle’s pending bid close to £20m.
Santos’s club, Vasca da Gama, have received inquiries over their prized midfielder. They recently tied him down to a new long-term contract and will not entertain any offers less than £32m.
Club Director Paulo Bracks has spoken out about the interest in Santos. He has no intention of selling the youngster this year. Bracks admitted there was contact over the player without naming any of the clubs.
Here is what Bracks told Globo Esporte which has been published by Sport Witness:
“Vasco does not have, under this new management, a need to sell athletes. There will be financial stability at the club. Obviously, business will happen. But within an acceptance. From normal negotiations.
“Vasco’s contracts will be stronger and stronger. There is no proposal on the table. Many people approached him. A lot of people who shouldn’t, by the way. Andrey is a Vasco player, with a secure contract. If there is a possibility to negotiate, we will. But not this year.”
Bracks has confirmed there has been no official bids for Santos. He is determined to keep hold of his midfielder unless offers that meet the club’s lofty valuation are received.
The Brazilian season runs until November. He may entertain offers in January though it’s going to take a sizeable fee to get the young Brazilian. Newcastle have likely enquired about Santos but reports of a pending bid seem very wide of the mark.