The future of Newcastle United continues to be in limbo with a want-away owner trying to sell the club but only at his lofty price. As if that turf isn’t unstable enough, our place in England’s top-flight is under serious threat with just 12 matches remaining.
So trying to decipher what Newcastle’s plans are this summer seems like a task in futility. However, the scouts will be looking at potential targets despite the uncertainty of what the next few months will bring.
One player that Newcastle have been linked with recently is Benfica’s Nuno Tavares. Sport Witness has written a report citing a claim from Portugal’s O Jogo that Newcastle plan on making a move for the 21-year-old this summer.
Tavares is a young left-back who would offer competition for Jamal Lewis, who still has a promising future despite an inconsistent start to his Newcastle career.
With Matt Ritchie’s future uncertain and Paul Dummett unable to keep fit, another left-back will likely be a priority after this season.
Newcastle have reportedly been watching the Portuguese defender since making his senior debut a few seasons ago. Tavares is a product of the outstanding Benfica Academy and has racked up 36 first-team appearances over the past few years.
The fee Newcastle are considering is around £13m which is just slightly less than the £15m shelled out for Lewis last summer. If there’s no change in ownership at Newcastle, that amount would likely represent a significant chunk of the summer budget. So we’ll see if anything comes from this link.