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30/1/2023 | 09:40pm
Newcastle United are seemingly keen to strike a deal for Flamengo sensation Matheus Franca, despite having had an initial offer rebuffed for the teenage Brazilian.
What’s the word?
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Magpies are believed to have had an offer of around €20m (£18m) rejected by the Rio de Janeiro club, albeit with Eddie Howe and co still interested in sealing a move for the 18-year-old this month, provided they are not forced into overpaying.
The transfer guru revealed on Twitter: “Flamengo have turned down new bid from Newcastle for Matheus França — it was worth €20m total package. Newcastle want Matheus but they will not overpay, clear message as last bid was close to ‘internal’ Brazilian market release clause worth €25m.”
Romano had previously revealed earlier this month that the Tynesiders had made an offer of around €16m (£14m), while stating that the likes of Lyon and Real Madrid are also in the frame as potential suitors.
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Imagine him and Gordon
This comes following the news that the St James’ Park outfit have already secured another long-term investment with the £45m capture of Anthony Gordon from fellow Premier League side Everton, with the “frightening” talent – as lauded by Boreham Wood manager Luke Gerrard – set to help bolster Howe’s current attacking options.
Although not prolific, the “fearless” starlet – as described by Newcastle legend Alan Shearer – still has a respectable haul of three league goals to his name so far this season, after previously accruing seven goal involvements in all competitions for the Toffees last term.
While there is clearly a way to go for the 21-year-old to truly be considered a consistent and reliable attacking threat, the hope will be that he can make great strides under Howe’s tutelage, with the aim of solidifying his place in the starting XI in the years to come.
The former Bournemouth boss…