The last few days of the transfer window will be very important for Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez is expected to sign a Salomon Rondon from West Brom, according to Keith Downie on Twitter. However, this latest rumour is a little bit more leftfield, as le10sport have claimed that Newcastle have made a 20 million euro bid for LOSC Lille’s Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 5, 2018
Most Newcastle fans have already disregarded this rumour. Thiago Maia is a tidy midfield player and he would probably thrive under Rafa, however, with Mike Ashley at the helm at St James Park, the odds on the club signing a 21-year-old Brazilian from France for a fee of 20 million euros is slim to none. At least the fans aren’t getting their hopes up, though, as most are just waiting for the confirmation of Salomon Rondon.
It would also be a surprise to see Maia sign given that Benitez has brought in Ki Sung-Yeung from Swansea and seen Mikel Merino depart. The club also has the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame who have held down the club’s double pivot in Benitez’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system. If the 21-year-old Brazilian was to sign it would leave the club with five midfield options, as Isaac Hayden also fits into the equation, and plenty of the Magpies are convinced that this one is a no go.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Thiago Maia here:
— Yoshi Muto (@GeordieSamuri) 5 August 2018
If we've offered €20mhe must be worth €40m
So they know it will be rejected.
— David HUDDART (@DavidHUDDART1) August 5, 2018
— Benjamin McGe (@BNJMCG1) 5 August 2018
Best laugh I’ve had all weekend
— Fozzie (@Fozzie94) 5 August 2018
Did they mean €2m bid.
— Andy (@AndyhHiggins89) August 5, 2018
They reject it! Cant get a replacement in time! Yawn!
— Bear_Size (@Bear_Size) August 5, 2018
Um yeah, this ain't happening.
— Geeky Retro Nerds (@GeekyRetroNerds) August 5, 2018
The Newcastle fans on Twitter are realistic over this one and know that the exciting young Brazilian won’t be ending up at St James Park.