BREAKING: Newcastle ‘close’ to signing Sporting Lisbon star after £12m bid is accepted

Breaking news from Portugal today that Newcastle United have had a £12m bid accepted for Sporting Lisbon centre-back Ruben Semedo after NUFC representatives arrived in Portugal to push through a deal.

It has been well documented that a centre-back is high on the list of priorities for Rafa Benitez, with the Spaniard understood to be targeting TWO centre-halves this summer.

Whilst there has been several links to Eliaquim Mangala in recent days, a move for Semedo appears to be in the offing.

Portuguese source ‘O’Jogo’ recently claimed that United had seen a £10.4m bid for the defender rejected, however the same source (O’Jogo) now report that a £12m deal has been agreed after Newcastle United officials arrived in Portugal to negotiate a move for the highly-rated centre-back. O’Jogo also state that Sporting Lisbon will receive 20% of any future for Semedo as part of the agreement.

The transfer fee had appeared to have been the sticking point, with Lisbon previously believed to be demanding £17m for the player, but Newcastle officials appear to have acted quickly to tie up a deal.

Semedo would be considered quite a coup if Benitez was able to pull this one off, with several reports crediting Southampton, Everton, West Ham and AC Milan with an interest in the 23-year-old.

Here’s Ruben in action for Sporting Lisbon last season..

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3 thoughts on “BREAKING: Newcastle ‘close’ to signing Sporting Lisbon star after £12m bid is accepted

  1. Awesome, that’s us sorted at CB. Goalkeeper almost sorted too. Get in an upgrade for Dummet next and that’s the defence prem ready.

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  2. Agent says it all fake apparently.
    Looks like he likes to dive in. 😯 I’m not sure he’d get away with that against PL forwards in the penalty area. I would like to see Mbemba plus a physical CB start next season. He looks too similar to Mbemba.

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