Newcastle look set to miss out on Sporting defender - agent claims Spanish move is imminent

Newcastle United look set to miss out on the signature of central defender Ruben Semedo - with Spain the 23-year-old's likely destination.

Tuesday, 6th June 2017, 12:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:29 pm
Rafa Benitez is understood to have been targeting Ruben Semedo of Sporting Lisbon

The Sporting defender has been linked with a Magpies move in the Portuguese press for more than a week, with some reports suggesting a deal in the region of £11million was in the offing.

But despite United's interest and Premier League rivals Southampton also in the race to raid the cash-strapped Portuguese outfit, his agent Catio Balde has confirmed to radio station TSF that the player's future will be decided today. And that Spain is his likely destination.

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"We are about to confirm the transfer of Ruben Semedo," said Balde, whose player has been interesting La Liga outfit Villarreal.

"It's probably Spain. I confirm Spain. We are looking forward to closing the deal today.

"We are working, yesterday was intense.

"We are absolutely certain that there will probably be a conclusion today. Ruben was faced with several possibilities.

"It was in Spain that we found the best solution. Until this moment I can not confirm conclusively. He's in a good way."