Newcastle United: Magpies join Goncalo Ramos transfer race
Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.
The Lowdown: Ramos’ season so far
This season has seen the 21-year-old score 14 goals and deliver six assists in 21 appearances for the Portuguese club across all competitions.
Ramos then grabbed the headlines in Qatar as he scored a hat-trick and provided an assist in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland in their World Cup round of 16 clash.
With the January transfer window on the horizon, the Magpies have joined a host of European giants in having the Benfica striker on their radar.
The Latest: Newcastle join Ramos transfer race
According to a recent report from Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias (via Sport Witness), Newcastle have joined the likes of Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Wolves in the race to sign the striker.
The report adds that Benfica are not willing to let Ramos leave in the upcoming January transfer window and are trying to block any approaches for him, with the Lisbon club making their stance very clear.
The Verdict: Exciting for Newcastle
In addition to the number of goals he has scored for Benfica this season, the 21-year-old has also landed shots on target (15) than any other player at the club in the Portuguese top flight. This shows just how much of an attacking presence he has and how much of a danger he can pose to opposition goalkeepers.
Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to see why so many clubs are interested in signing the Benfica star, who reportedly has a price tag of €100m (£85m) on his head.
While it’s understandable why Benfica would be eager to keep hold of their star striker, it’s safe to say that he would be a very exciting signing for Newcastle if they can pull it off, given his age and his evident attacking nous.
Bearing in mind how two of Newcastle’s current strikers, Callum Wilson and Chris Wood, are two of the club’s oldest players at 30 and 31 respectively, Ramos could also be considered an ideal long-term investment for the Tyneside outfit to make.