The Newcastle United Blog | Brazil target manager responds to claims of impending bid
Newcastle were linked with Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos a few days ago. Since the initial link, reports from Brazil accelerated on Wednesday with claims Newcastle were preparing a £30million bid for the 18-year-old.
An offer in September seems very unlikely, especially this amount for such a young player. Another claim from journalist Jorge Nicola put Newcastle’s pending bid at nearly £20million.
Santos club Vasca da Gama have received inquiries about their prized midfielder. They recently tied him to a new long-term contract and won’t accept any offers below £32million.
Club director Paulo Bracks has spoken about the interest in Santos. He has no intention of selling the youngster this year. Bracks admitted there had been contact with the player without naming any of the clubs.
Here’s what Bracks said to Globo Esporte which was posted by sports witness:
“Vasco does not have, under this new management, a need to sell athletes. There will be financial stability at the club. Obviously, business will happen. But within the framework of an acceptance. Normal negotiations.
“Vasco’s contracts will get stronger and stronger. There is no proposal on the table. Many people approached him. Lots of people who shouldn’t, by the way. Andrey is a Vasco player, with a secure contract. If there is an opportunity to negotiate, we will. But not this year.
Bracks confirmed that there was no official offer for Santos. He is determined to keep his midfielder unless offers to match the club’s high valuation are received.
The Brazilian season lasts until November. He could accept offers in January, although he will have to pay a hefty fee to land the young Brazilian. Newcastle have probably inquired about Santos but reports of a pending offer seem very far from the truth.