Newcastle ‘do not want to miss out’ on SC Braga wonderkid Roger Fernandes, according to reports in Portugal.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with a move for the talented teenager, with A Bola now reporting that we’re prepared to pay £21m in a bid to beat off rival interest from a host of European clubs.
Atletico Madrid are said to be in heavy pursuit of the youngster, with a bid expected in the next few days. Dortmund have already had a €10m bid rejected, while Ajax could not tempt Braga with €12m.
At 15, Fernandes became the youngest player to feature in the Liga NOS last year before bursting onto the scene with three goals in 11 first-team appearances, also featuring in Braga’s recent Europa League campaign.
Although a highly sought-after prospect across Europe, Fernandes does not turn 18 until November 2023, so we’d have to wait over a year before he’d be eligible to arrive on Tyneside.
Another one to watch, with Fernandes one of several young wingers we’ve been credited with interest in following links to Palmerias’ Giovani and Sao Paolo’s Angelo Gabriel.