Newcastle have had a second bid for Flamengo wonderkid Matheus Franca rejected according to a Brazilian report cited by Sport Witness. Newcastle made their move for the 18-year-old last week with an offer of £14m.
That bid was rejected with negotiations continuing over the weekend. However, it now appears Newcastle’s second offer has been rejected with Flamengo’s demands proving too much for a compromise.
It was noted last week that Flamengo wanted £18m for their versatile youngster, which put Newcastle just £4m short of landing a budding superstar. Newcastle’s second offer was reportedly only slightly higher than their first one and soundly rejected.
Flamengo are also demanding a sell-on clause of 50% of any future sale be included in the deal. It appears Newcastle have balked at both the fee and the added clause with a third bid unexpected.
The report also has the following comment from Flamengo director Marcos Braz, who would not confirm Newcastle’s bid:
“We did not put Matheus França up for sale. He is not for sale. Flamengo are not interested in negotiating Matheus França at this moment.”
Newcastle’s pursuits of two promising 18-year-olds may have come up short. It was reported earlier today that Real Valladolid’s Ivan Fresneda will head to either Arsenal or Dortmund with Newcastle out of the running.