Newcastle United are interested in signing talented 16-year-old winger Roger Fernandes, available for €3.5 million, next year.
A report from O Jogo (h/t Sport Witness) claims that Roger Fernandes could be made available during the January transfer window, after failing to make his mark at SC Braga. And Newcastle United could sign the 16-year-old for a fee of just €3.5 million.
The 16-year-old is highly rated in European football. But he has had a torrid time at the Portuguese club so far. So he could use a fresh start, and moving to Newcastle United could be ideal for him.
Since the takeover, Newcastle United have brought in a number of quality players, and they have improved the squad immeasurably. Apart from signing established stars, Newcastle United have shown a willingness to invest in talented young players as well. The Tyneside giants recently secured a deal for Garang Kuol as well.
Roger Fernandes is only 16 years old, but he has a big future ahead of him. He could prove to be a quality, long-term investment for the Magpies if they manage to pull off his signing. So the interest in the teenage prodigy makes sense.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has helped several players develop under his tutelage, and he could have a positive impact on the development of Fernandes as well. The 16-year-old has the potential to develop into a key first-team player for Newcastle, and Howe could help accelerate his development and fulfil his tremendous potential.
For now, the 16-year-old is likely to join the youth team at the club and continue his development before he can force his way into Newcastle’s first-team plans over the next few seasons.
The reported cut-price fee should be pocket change for a club with Newcastle’s resources. The Magpies are the richest club in the world following the takeover, and they would have no problems paying €3.5 million asking price.
The report from O Jogo claims that Braga could be open to loaning the player abroad as well. It remains to be seen whether Newcastle United can convince them to sell the player permanently. The player has been linked with clubs like PSV Eindhoven in the past, and it will be interesting to see if his other suitors decide to reignite their interest in him when the transfer window opens in January.