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Newcastle United want Andrey Santos and are willing to cough up around €35million (£30million) to bring the Brazilian to St James’ Park.
The Magpies have a real Brazilian flavour emerging at St James’ Park.
Joelinton has transformed himself from a comedic striker to an all-action midfield, turning groans and jeers into adulation and cheers.
Bruno Guimaraes joined earlier this year and alongside Joelinton, has provided the heartbeat of the Newcastle side in an exciting engine room.
Add in the pursuit of Watford’s Joao Pedro and Steve Nickson’s scouting trip to watch Santos teenager Angelo Gabriel and it looks like the samba stylings will continue in the years to come.
Another Brazilian is now being linked with Newcastle as Andrey Santos is believed to be a key target for the Magpies.
The quick disclaimer is; yes, that ‘y’ is intentional and no, Newcastle aren’t trying to sign the former Arsenal left back Andre Santos!
Andrey Santos, just like Bruno and now Joelinton, is a midfielder with a great engine on him.
Primarily an anchor man but also utilised further forward, Andrey Santos has bagged five goals in 27 outings for Vasco da Gama over in Brazil.
The 18-year-old is showing enormous potential in Brazil’s second tier and even scored twice for Brazil’s Under-18’s against Colombia Under-19’s last year.
Globo Esporte in Brazil now claim that Newcastle have come forward with a proposal worth around €35million (£30million) for Andrey Santos.
That would be a huge fee for a second-tier player but Newcastle seemingly view him as a player who can become an absolute star.
It’s stated that Andrey Santos is expected to sign a new deal with Vasco until 2027, but agent Giuliano Bertolucci has now received word of Newcastle’s offer.
That deal will include a €50million (£43million) release clause, meaning Newcastle may be around £13million away from forcing a deal.
The English transfer market has only just closed, so any deal would have to take place in January at the very earliest.
It would be a surprise for Newcastle to throw that kind of bid in after the window closed, but maybe they want to make sure they secure Andrey Santos before anybody else swoops in.
After all, Barcelona have already had two bids rejected for the ‘Brazilian Busquets’.
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