Newcastle United have reportedly made contact to try and sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes once the summer transfer window opens.
The Lowdown: Willock alternative needed
There is no guarantee that the St James’ Park club will be able to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal on a permanent deal, so they must be looking at other targets in the centre of midfield.
Should Newcastle sign Nunes?
Nunes plays in the same position as the Englishman, and so it is not a surprise that the Magpies are reportedly trying to lure him to Tyneside permanently.
The Latest: Newcastle make contact
As per Record (via Sport Witness), Newcastle have included Nunes in their summer transfer target shortlist after failing to sign him in the January window. They made a loan proposal to Sporting Lisbon with a buying option set at €13m (£11.2m), but ultimately the deal never materialised.
The news outlet also reported that ‘contacts’ have already been made, most likely between Nunes’ camp and the newly-crowned Portuguese champions, over his potential sale. However, Sporting would like to be offered at least €20m (£17.2m) in order to start any sort of talks, as the Magpies can sign him if they are willing to pay the requested fee.
The Verdict: Sign Nunes if Willock falls through
If a deal to bring Willock back to Newcastle falls through, then they should certainly be looking at Nunes as an alternative option.
At 22, he is of a similar age to Willock (21) and still has so much potential to fulfil, which can hopefully be realised at St James’ Park.
Playing in no fewer than 31 Liga NOS games in 2020/21, scoring three goals and supplying a further two assists (Transfermarkt), Nunes was a key player in their title triumph, and his winning mentality would be a valuable asset to have both off the pitch as well as on it.
He certainly seems worth a punt for the Magpies, especially if they fail to get a permanent deal for Willock over the line.
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