Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies linked with move for Portuguese rising star as England youth international deal nears
Newcastle United have been linked with a seemingly unlikely summer move for one of the rising stars of Portuguese football.
Portuguese publication O Jogo claim the Magpies, along with fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley, are weighing up whether to sign Benfica’s 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares.
Serie A outfit Napoli are said to be favourites to sign the defender in the summer window.
The report claims Benfica have slapped a £25m price tag on the Portugal under-21 international, who has been a regular for As Águias (The Eagles) this season.
United are looking to strengthen their lot at left-back despite the signing of Jamal Lewis from Norwich City last summer.
But, while Matt Ritchie will likely leave in the next window, the Magpies are very close to finalising a deal for England youth defender Matt Bondswell.
The teenager, who came through Nottingham Forest’s academy, is a free agent having been released by RB Leipzig.