Newcastle United are reportedly continuing their attempts to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, with the Magpies looking to ‘unblock’ his current situation.
The Lowdown: Newcastle keen on Ramos
The 21-year-old has burst onto the scene at Benfica, scoring seven goals in just 17 Primeira Liga starts last season and also netting once in the Champions League.
Newcastle have been linked with a move for Ramos in the summer transfer window, with Eddie Howe seeing the youngster as an exciting potential signing.
It looks as though the Magpies’ interest isn’t going away, following a fresh update.
The Latest: Fresh update emerges
According to both O Jogo and Record [via Sport Witness], Newcastle will ‘try to unblock’ Ramos from Benfica, with the Portuguese giants proving stubborn in their asking price. The Magpies ‘will present a proposal’ at some point, however, with the player currently ‘under surveillance’.
Benfica’s position is described as ‘uncompromising’ but next week could prove to be ‘decisive’.
The Verdict: Strong summer addition
Ramos looks a hugely exciting prospect with a big future ahead of him, so the idea of him in a Newcastle shirt moving forward is undoubtedly exciting.
His record of 14 goals in 18 caps for Portugal’s Under-21s outlines his brilliance, with 17 in 62 appearances for Benfica also a healthy return for such a young player.
More firepower is required at Newcastle if they are to mount a genuine top-six push, as highlighted by the 0-0 draw at Brighton on Saturday, and Ramos could be just the man to make a difference.
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