According to Portuguese outlet ‘A Bola’, Newcastle are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.
The 23-year-old playmaker bagged an outstanding 16 goals and 20 assists in 56 games last season, with that form earning him a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad this summer.
Unlike several Sporting Lisbon stars, he’s not cancelled his contract at the club, however it seems they’re facing a real fight to keep a hold of him.
His profile and recent form suggests he may have been identified by Rafa as a potential solution to our problems in the number 10 role, however there’s two issues with this story.
Firstly, Portuguese media tend not to be the most reliable and secondly, he’s a player who’d almost certainly cost north of £20m – and it remains to be seen as to whether Mike Ashley is willing to back Benitez with that sort of money this summer.
Just incase there’s something in it, here’s him in action: