Newcastle made their move for Brazilian starlet Matheus Franca earlier this week with Fabrizio Romano reporting a proposal of £14m was tabled. 90min is reporting that negotiations are continuing with Flamengo holding out for a bit more cash.
Bayer Leverkusen had a bid of £10m rejected earlier in the window with Flamengo wanting £18m for the 18-year-old. Newcastle seemed to have split the difference with an introductory offer.
Flamengo are open to talks but are currently unwilling to drop their demands. If this report is accurate, then Newcastle could be just £4m away from adding a future world-class star to the ranks.
The Brazilian club is protected with Franca signing a new contract last year to 2027. He also has a mammoth release clause which has been reported to be anywhere from £75m to £87m. Thankfully, Flamengo are not holding clubs to that sizeable fee.
Newcastle are also in continual dialogue with Ivan Fresneda’s representatives, who have flown into the UK twice in the past few weeks. Newcastle are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in the young Spaniard including Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, and Manchester United.
As it stands, nothing is imminent and Real Valladolid chief David Espinar stated last week that no offer has arrived. Though he admitted there is a lot of interest in the 18-year-old right-back stating:
“No firm offer has arrived for Fresneda, but there is a lot of interest.
“The club has set a squad cost limit in the summer. We are going to try to reinforce the squad and we are aware that there are players who will leave.”
The interest doesn’t just come from England but across the continent with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Bayern Munich, and Juventus in the hunt. Newcastle’s chief scout recently watched Fresneda alongside his agent as the youngster put in an impressive performance against Real Madrid.
Fabrizio Romano reported yesterday that further talks are planned in London next week between multiple clubs and the player’s representatives. Fresneda would be an amazing addition along with Franca if Newcastle can fend off the daunting competition.
185 comments so far
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:05 PMComment #161
Old ‘uns come with massive egos/wages/sense of entitlement…
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:05 PMComment #162
DrGloom. I agree to an extent. I would not expect or demand an immediate impact.
Howe would want to give him a few games to bed in so we should give him time, if we sign him which I would rather we didn’t.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:08 PMComment #163
Mudryk looks the business.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:08 PMComment #164
Once again Clint I agree. Need them experienced but still hungry
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:08 PMComment #165
Wood starting alongside another striker. Likely to be more effective that way, it’s how he played before joining us.
Good luck to him!
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:10 PMComment #166
Gotta be, hey?
Can’t upset the apple cart… it’s how(e) we roll, now!
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:11 PMComment #167
Agreed about Mudrych. He looks a proper player and worth 80 odd million. Handful for any defence except ours?
Essex Geordie Bill
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:16 PMComment #168
Oh dear now we are being Legist and Ageist. 🙂
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:19 PMComment #169
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:23 PMComment #170
It’s a pity we’re not rich enough yet to compete for players like Mudryk. He’s superb and ridiculously quick. Chelsea will be brilliant next season if they hold on to Potter and we need to buy to strengthen, now. As I keep saying, we need to strike while the iron is hot, because Chelsea are going to be top 4 next year, and Man U aren’t hanging around either.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:23 PMComment #171
Klippety going off on one again.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:24 PMComment #172
Jmiley Mudryk will cause us all sorts of bother. He’s a flying machine.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:25 PMComment #173
The commentators need to start saying players middle names aswell…
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:26 PMComment #174
Is potter/cfc buying the league, then?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:26 PMComment #175
Great result for us
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:26 PMComment #176
0-0 the right result for us
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:27 PMComment #177
Perfect result for us, HWTL
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:28 PMComment #178
Chelsea have been very impressive in the second half and I agree that lad Mudryk really looks the business Get in that 0-0 is absolutely the perfect result for the Toon, a great start to the day guys HWTL
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:29 PMComment #179
I was only joking. Love to have Mudrych in our team.
You can tell real class after one minute
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:31 PMComment #180
We need to sign quality players now and in the summer.
Potter will mould those players into a great team.
Mudryk would be perfect for us down the left side.
Shame but we are not at that level yet,YET!
Great result for us though.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:32 PMComment #181
Munster it’s grand, there’s 5 champions league spots next season anyways.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:34 PMComment #182
It was on BT Sport.
Just saying like…. 😉
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:39 PMComment #183
You can tell Mudrych is an 80 million player . He goes to Chelsea who will not get top 4.
We did not go for him did we? In a few years 80 will seem cheap like Madrid buying Ronaldo for 80 million. It seemed a lot but turned out to be a bargain. This lad will prove a bargain at 80 million
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:41 PMComment #184
All successful teams buy the success.
Get a top manager in and give him money and you will win things. Sadly that’s the way the game has gone. No money means no hope
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:44 PMComment #185
Can Potter turn things around Joe Cole?
Well spending half a billion in a few months does help.
No mention of Chelsea buying success