Newcastle United linked with exciting summer move for £9.9m-rated forward

Newcastle United are reportedly fighting two European giants for the signature of Fluminense youngster Marcos Paulo.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 10:46 am

The transfer rumour comes from Brazilian outlet Gazeta Esportiva, who claim it is very likely he will move to a European club in the summer.

Paulo, a forward at Portugal under-19s level, made 24 appearances in Brazil last year and scored four goals.

His rising reputation in South America has caught the attention of some household names – including Barcelona and CSKA Moscow.

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Marcos Paulo of Brazil's Fluminense celebrates after scoring against Uruguayan Penarol during a Copa Sudamericana football match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 30, 2019. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

The Russian club are believed to have already witnessed a €7million bid turned down by Fluminese and Paulo himself as he hopes to “play in a more attractive league”.

Premier League football, of course, would fit the bill, however with a club like Barcelona interested, it could prove difficult for Steve Bruce and co.

The report claims the Catalan side have held initial talks over the 19-year-old. He is valued at £9.9m on TransferMarkt.