Newcastle United have reportedly now ‘promised’ to make an offer for Roger Fernandes, with the Portuguese press labelling the Magpies’ interest as a ‘big story’.
The Lowdown: Record-breaker
Fernandes became a record-breaker last season when he became the youngest player to feature in the Portuguese league at just 15 years of age.
Now 16, the winger capable of playing on either flank has already made 11 senior appearances for Braga, scoring three goals (Transfermarkt), and is seemingly one of the most promising young prospects in Europe.
The Latest: Offer ‘promised’
As per O Jogo (via Sport Witness), a ‘big story’ has now emerged involving the St. James’ Park outfit, claiming that they have ‘promised’ to make an offer for Fernandes after watching him play last term.
Braga rejected a bid from Ajax for the winger back in the January transfer window, but it is thought that the Magpies could sign him for around €20m (£17.1m).
However, Fernandes possesses a €40m (£34.2m) release clause, and if interest starts to grow, Braga may well demand a fee closer to that figure.
The Verdict: Low risk
Given that Fernandes is just 16 years of age, signing him this summer would be a relatively low risk move from the North East club.
Should Newcastle sign Fernandes?
He has already tasted senior football at a high level, having even made an appearance in the UEFA Europa League last campaign.
The Tynesiders are building for the future, and Fernandes could turn out to be a great squad option for Eddie Howe over the next few years and eventually develop into a superstar. Even if he doesn’t, his age and potential means the Magpies could likely cash in for a decent fee down the line.
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